Facelift for Par­lia­ment

> Cost up by RM80m due to ad­di­tional work and fea­tures, says min­is­ter


KUALA LUMPUR: The cur­rent ren­o­va­tion and up­grade to the Par­lia­ment build­ing has es­ca­lated by an ad­di­tional RM80 mil­lion from the ini­tial RM520 mil­lion, said Works Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Fadil­lah Yu­sof.

Fadil­lah said the in­crease in cost could not be avoided as as there was ad­di­tional work on the ini­tial de­sign.

“The to­tal cost is cur­rently es­ti­mated to be RM600 mil­lion. There is no cost in­crease due to de­lay or ex­ten­sion. The in­crease is due to re-mea­sure­ments and ad­di­tional tech­ni­cal works.

“For ex­am­ple, now Par­lia­ment has a sec­ond cham­ber. It was not there in the orig­i­nal de­sign. Be­cause of that, (we have) ad­di­tional work and ex­tra costs,” he told theSun.

Work on the 53-year-old build­ing, which started in March 2011, is now ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2020 in­stead of 2018.

While pro­vid­ing a break­down of the works in phases and costs, Fadil­lah said the ex­ten­sion to the sched­uled com­ple­tion was mainly be­cause of the up­grad­ing and ren­o­va­tion works for the tower block, which has not been fi­nalised by Par­lia­ment and the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment.

He added that it is also sub­ject to as­sess­ment by the Value Man­age­ment Lab and ap­proval of the Eco­nomic Plan­ning Unit bud­get screen­ing ses­sion in 2017.

“A de­tailed de­sign should com­mence some­time in 2017 and con­struc­tion works could be­gin by mid-2018 and the com­ple­tion tar­get is 2020. This is be­cause of the need to fully va­cate the tower block and re­lo­cate the of­fices to a tem­po­rary block,” Fadil­lah said.

Phase 2 of the project will in­volve the up­grad­ing of the main build­ing and re­lated ar­eas, which is due for com­ple­tion by end of Jan­uary 2017, while Phase 3 in­volves con­struc­tion of a new of­fice block to in­clude of­fices of MPs, min­istries and ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices, which is due to be com­pleted in De­cem­ber 2018.

While stat­ing that there are lo­gis­ti­cal is­sues to be looked into due to the tem­po­rary re­lo­ca­tion of of­fices and ser­vices, Fadil­lah said the min­istry will en­sure Par­lia­ment op­er­a­tions con­tinue with min­i­mal dis­tur­bance.

“As such, the planned sched­ules would need to be re­viewed from time to time,” he said.

... The 7th Je­na­ton Fam­ily gath­er­ing yes­ter­day saw more than 300 mem­bers com­ing to­gether for the event in Shah Alam. Some even flew in from In­done­sia. The fam­ily traces its roots to Je­na­ton, a Mi­nangk­abau prince and an early set­tler in Pe­nang. He was awarded 100 acres of land by the then Kedah sul­tan, Sul­tan Muham­mad Jiwa Zainal Abidin II, for help­ing the lat­ter thwart PAcehnese and Bugis at­tacks.

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