As a developing country, Malaysia’s need for infrastructure, both basic and incremental, has led to much growth in relevant industries over the last few decades and in turn to the firm’s experience and expertise whilst advising clients. The firm was there as the Malaysian counsel to the concessionaire of the first Light Rail Transit system in Malaysia way back in the 1990’s. That project was a good example of a Public-Private Partnership in Malaysia. Another PPP project in which we advised the concessionaire/project owner was the Kuala Lumpur Sentral project. This concerned the development of an integrated transport hub cum commercial development in Kuala Lumpur which provided, inter alia, a district energy system (for the distribution of electricity and water) to the buildings in KL Sentral.
Since then, the firm has represented and is still representing the principal players in Malaysia’s infrastructure program – from suppliers of train carriages to builders of public housing to the Government. We are in a position to cover all transactional aspects of the projects, from the tendering phase to land acquisition to financing to design, construction & commissioning to operation & maintenance, as well as dispute resolution.
More recently, our railway project work includes the Light Rail Transit 3 System, the Mass Rapid Transit System, the Rapid KL Monorail Fleet Expansion Project in the Klang Valley and the Electrified Double Track Rail System (Gemas to Johor Bahru).
Other infrastructure programs in which we are/have been involved include the “1Malaysia Housing Programme” or “Perumahan Rakyat 1Malaysia (PR1MA)” and a Public Housing Project (PPA1M) in Putrajaya.
The 2021 edition of the Asia Pacific Legal 500 highly rated the firm for Projects and Energy and quoted clients who commended the firm for “outstanding service” and said:
‘Choon Hon Leng and team have been very dedicated and went above and beyond than just the usual service. They are very knowledgeable and resourceful.’