PAC ta­bles re­port on Air Force Col­lege, Sabah wa­ter pro­ject

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Par­lia­men­tary Public Ac­counts Com­mit­tee ( PAC) has sought clar­i­fi­ca­tion from the sec­re­tarygen­eral of the De­fence Min­istry on March 15 on sev­eral weak­nesses in the con­struc­tion man­age­ment of the Air Force Col­lege in Kepala Batas, Kedah.

Its chair­man Datuk Seri Hasan Arif­fin in a PAC re­port tabled in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day said the meet­ing was a fol­low-up on the find­ings of the Na­tional Au­dit Depart­ment in the pre­sen­ta­tion of the 2014 Au­di­tor-Gen­eral’s Re­port Se­ries 1, tabled in Par­lia­ment on April 6, 2015.

Hasan said that dur­ing the meet­ing, the PAC mem­bers had raised is­sues, in­clud­ing the overall value of the pro­ject and in­creased rate for the pay­ment of con­sult­ing fees that had not been fi­nalised as the overall value of the pro­ject had not been co­or­di­nated, and the com­ple­tion of the con­tract doc­u­ment was de­layed for 16 months after tak­ing into ac­count the four months al­lowed.

The other is­sues raised were, part of the con­struc­tion work was poor, the build­ing was not fully oc­cu­pied al­though it had been com­pleted, and un­sat­is­fac­tory floor fin­ish and in­com­plete elec­tri­cal and me­chan­i­cal work.

The PAC also tabled a re­port on the Sabah Ru­ral Wa­ter Sup­ply Pro­gramme ( BALB) un­der the Min­istry of Ru­ral and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment ( KKLW) and Sabah State Wa­ter Depart­ment (JANS).

Hasan said KKLW sec­re­tarygen­eral, Datuk Mohd Arif Ab Rah­man and JANS deputy di­rec­tor, Teo Chee Kong, rep­re­sent­ing JANS, were called on Sept 7, last year fol­low­ing the find­ings of the Na­tional Au­dit Depart­ment con­tained in the 2015 Au­dit Re­port, Se­ries 1, tabled in Par­lia­ment on May 18, last year.

He said at the meet­ing, PAC mem­bers raised ques­tions about the retic­u­la­tion sys­tem for the BALB pro­ject in Pu­lau Gaya, be­sides vis­it­ing Pu­lau Gaya on Jan 15 to see the pro­ject site it­self.

Hasan said those in­ter­ested in read­ing and scru­ti­n­is­ing the PAC Re­port on the con­struc­tion of the Air Force Col­lege and the wa­ter pro­ject could down­load the re­port at the PAC web­site www.par­li­men. — Ber­nama

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