MACC report lodged on RM18 million extra spent on hospital wing

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PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Charles Santiago has lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the overspending of RM18 million in the construction of a new wing at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah in Klang.

According to a recent report by theSun on the Auditor-General’s Report, the failure of consultants to perform their roles effectively resulted in the contractor applying for 36 variation orders and five re-measurement works costing an additional RM17.24 million.

Weaknesses on the part of the Public Works Department (JKR) and the consultants also saw a 333-day extension given which caused delays and additional costs amounting to RM1.05 million.

The A-G’s Report named five consulting companies, JKR and the health ministry (MOH) as those who were part of the project.

Santiago said in his report, he called on Putrajaya to investigate those involved, including the consulting companies as well as JKR and MOH officers.

“The government should also blacklist the consulting companies from bidding for or participating in all government projects for at least two to three years.

“More importantly, this RM18 million must be returned to the MOH as the ministry is running out of money to buy medicines.”

In her recommendations in the report, A-G Madinah Mohamad had said any losses caused by non-compliance should be borne by the officers or consultants who failed to supervise and carry out their duties properly.

She also recommended that action be taken against the officers who failed to monitor and supervise the work of the consultants in accordance with the regulations.

Santiago said the impact of the poor planning had also affected the local community, which was not factored into the A-G’s Report.

He said the new wing was located near Taman Petaling in Klang and that the poor planning had caused the neighbourhood’s flooding problem to become worse.

“Now it falls on the Klang Municipal Council to fork out money to resolve this by building a retention pond, and this is not factored in.

“These indirect costs aren’t borne by government but by the local council and the people.”

Previously, The Star reported that Klang residents in several neighbourhoods near the hospital had faced flood problems for the past 14 years.

It is believed that the floods are due to the drainage system which is not well maintained, as well as the construction of buildings which obstruct water flow in the monsoon drains.