MACC urged to investigate Sarawak musical fountain project

Violet Yong says the contractor and consultant should be blacklisted.

KUCHING: The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission has been urged to investigate the state government’s RM31 million Darul Hana musical fountain project, which came in for criticism in the recent Auditor-General’s report.

Pending assemblyman Violet Yong said the audit report had confirmed her suspicions about the project which had received fast-track approval.

Referring to the report, Yong said the musical fountain project, proposed by a private company, Autopower Consultants (M) Sdn Bhd, was never budgeted for, and was whisked through in a high-handed fast tracked manner.

“It took only a total of 36 days for the project to be submitted, evaluated and awarded,” she said in a press conference today.

Yong said the company had zero experience in building of musical fountains and waterscape, according to the report.

“Why did the state government accept the proposal from a company that has no prior experience in this job? ” she said.

She had raised the issue in November last year and May this year but the state government rebuffed her criticisms.

In November, state minister Talip Zulpilip had criticised Yong for claiming the fountain project could be completed at a cost of RM5 million if implemented through open tender. He said the project was complex, requiring the latest technology for the fountain.

Yong said the audit department had found on Jan 5 this year, less than four months after the project was handed over, that parts of the fountain were rusting.

“Instead of replacing these rusty parts with new ones the developer used anti-rust paint to paint over the parts.

Yong said the expensive fountains might get rusty again at any moment. “What will happen to the fountain after the two years defect liability period by the contractor is over?” she said.

She said there were discrepancies in the building works which were only discovered when the National Audit Department conducted checks in January.

She urged the state government to blacklist the contractor and consultants.