Po­lice train­ing cen­tre con­struc­tion de­layed

> RM12.8m hike in project cost, says au­di­tor-gen­eral

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PETALING JAYA: Con­struc­tion of a po­lice train­ing cen­tre was de­layed by seven years and the project cost in­creased by RM12.88 mil­lion, the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral’s re­port said.

Au­di­tor-Gen­eral Tan Sri Am­brin Buang (pix) said the ex­ten­sion of time for the first con­tract was ap­proved seven months af­ter the orig­i­nal com­ple­tion date. He said the “Sin­gle Roof and One Stop Cen­tre”, which would con­sist of eight train­ing in­sti­tu­tions, was ap­proved un­der the Ninth Malaysia Plan and had a ceil­ing cost of RM150 mil­lion.

The train­ing in­sti­tu­tion was for the Gen­eral Op­er­a­tions Force, Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand, Fed­eral Re­serve Unit, Traf­fic, Crime Pre­ven­tion, United Na­tions Peace­keep­ing Force, Cri­sis and Dis­as­ter and Ar­mour Driv­ing School.

Am­brin, in the sec­ond series of his 2015 re­port, said the project cost for the sec­ond con­tract had in­creased in­ap­pro­pri­ately to RM12.88 mil­lion, in­clud­ing RM3.8 mil­lion for elec­tric­ity costs.

He added that this was due to the con­sul­tant’s fail­ure in as­sess­ing the re­main­ing works which had re­sulted in ad­di­tional scope of work.

He also crit­i­cised the Home Min­istry and the Pub­lic Works Depart­ment (PWD), the im­ple­ment­ing agen­cies, for a 14-month de­lay in is­su­ing the Final State­ment of De­ter­mi­na­tion of the Con­trac­tors Em­ploy­ment af­ter the ap­point­ment of the saviour con­trac­tor.

He said Mal­gran Re­sources Sdn Bhd had been ap­pointed by the Fi­nance Min­istry through di­rect ne­go­ti­a­tions to build the first phase of the train­ing cen­tre, the PGA Learn­ing Cen­tre, at a 520ha-site in Ben­tong, Pa­hang.

Am­brin said the learn­ing cen­tre was to con­sist of a lec­ture com­plex, cafe­te­ria, salut­ing dais and drill shed, par­tic­i­pant ac­com­mo­da­tion, din­ing and prayer hall, quar­ters, work­shops, oil pump, se­cu­rity post, am­mu­ni­tion store, toi­lets, shoot­ing range and oth­ers.

He said the work progress was un­sat­is­fac­tory and among the causes of the de­lay was man­age­ment prob­lems and the con­trac­tors’ in­abil­ity to com­plete the project.

He pointed out that con­struc­tion man­age­ment was un­sat­is­fac­tory due to dis­or­derly con­struc­tion pro­ce­dures, in­ap­pro­pri­ate de­sign and un­sat­is­fac­tory work qual­ity.

He also said there was in­ef­fec­tive mon­i­tor­ing by the PWD, Home Min­istry and con­sul­tant.

Am­brin ad­vised the Home Min­istry and PWD to learn from the is­sues that arose in the project.

Au­dit sec­tor per­for­mance di­rec­tor Datin Seri Sham­siah Daud (left) and au­dit deputy di­rec­tor Fadzi­lah Mo­ham­mad with the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral’s Re­port 2015 Series 2 at the Par­lia­ment build­ing yes­ter­day.

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