Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2014, A year of Extreme Challenges

2013 ended, and we are now planning for our results for 2014.

I like to cull a phrase from Melinda Gates Foundation (but with some words substituted to reflect our corporate mission):

"Life is better for our people than it has ever been;
but there’s still work to do to make sure everyone can live a healthy and productive life.

"Unfortunately, there are still some characters and behaviors that are standing in the way of progress that need to be improved in order for us to achieve our vision and prosper."

This year will be a far greater challenge for us.

We will have to do more to get "THERE!"

Happy & Prosperous New Year 2014!





Saturday, September 07, 2013

KLIA2 - UNEXPECTED SOIL CONDITIONS OR ...???











The Forensic Engineers said there will be more to come in the next few months.

KLIACS and IKRAM said they had briefed the Deputy Minister.

Insurance Adjuster said: "It should had been expected".

CDC said: "Not our fault".

KUB said: "This is not our scope."

Nippon Road said: "Surcharge of soil had not achieved the density and Cu value."

Uncle Jamilus said: "I had left the site long ago ... they didn't want me!!!"


Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

KLIA2 REVIEW - PART 3 ADDENDUM

Flaws delayed klia2 

By SHAREN KAUR AND NAJMUDDIN NAJIB | news@nst.com.my

Read more: Flaws delayed klia2 - Top News - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/top-news/flaws-delayed-klia2-1.318510?cache=03d163d03edding-pred-1.1176%2F%3Fpfpentwa%3Fkey%3Dkuala+lumpur%2F7.181951%2F7.308059#ixzz2Yy3z0tjb


Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said 

[QUOTE]

"klia2 would no longer be a dedicated low-cost terminal, but the country's first hybrid airport, with upgraded business class services and international passenger segregation.


"He said klia2 would have a business class lounge as requested by AirAsia. The budget carrier is expanding its services to include business class via AirAsiaX.

"Aziz said klia2 would also have international passenger segregation between arrival and departure sections to address human trafficking.

[UNQUOTE]

The Deputy Transport Minister has now openly admitted that the Proposed LCCT called klia2 is no longer a dedicated LCCT Buildings and Facilities as were tendered and awarded to UEMC-Bina Puri JV.

Datuk Aziz, after being briefed by the Independent Project Auditor concluded hereof that MAHB and his Project Administrators, i.e. the Concept Design Consultant, had made such substantive changes to the original design and the ultimate product is - it is no more a dedicated LCCT, but a "Hybrid Airport" - Malaysia's first Hybrid Airport, with upgraded business class services and business class lounge and international passenger segregation sections.

The Essence - the govt wanted an LCCT;the project was tendered and awarded to a consortium at a fixed lump sum price of RM997 million to "Design and Build" the LCCT; but the project administrators forced unto the contractor to build an "International Business Class Airport".

So, do you see the main problem? Do you now know why the project is delayed? Are you able to comprehend why the contractors are suffering and kept their "Elegant Silence" because UEM is a GLC under Khazanah and MAHB is also owned by Khazanah? Do you know that the Baggage Handling System Contractor has become insolvent and is re-structuring their organization to remain solvent? Do you know why almost all the contractors suffered massive losses including UEM, Bina Puri, KUB Builders except, maybe, WCT and Gadang (because theirs are not design and build contracts; exception is gateway@klia2 which is a JV btw MAHB & WCT)? Do you know why?

Because:



MAHB paid contractors to build LCCT;
They then conduct Value Engineering and omitted and reduced substantial facilities and elements in the tendered specifications and design;
On award, the CDC forced the contractors to comply to the "Need Statement" and "Employer's Requirement" documents as per Pre-tender specifications and design concept;
During execution, the consultants appointed by CDC tried to impress the client with their zealousness by insisting on product specifications that are beyond the contracted scope and definitions;
During construction stage, tons of changes and modifications, additions and alterations were made and even until May 2013, there were still substantial changes and modifications.
So, will the airport be completed by June 15, 2013 if changes is still being made in May 2013?

I was wondering: in construction projects, we have a sub-system to manage non-comformance and such sub-system tracks all kinds of non-conformance (we called "NCRs") that include: safety misconduct or non-compliance, defects or defective works, design non-compliance and inadequacy, and all kinds of quality control enforcement issues. At the MAHB Corporate HQ project, there were more than 200 NCRs and the project is approx RM40 million; during the construction of first KLIA, KLIACS, the consultant PMC issued more than 1,000 NCRs (asked Uncle Jamilus); at Kuching Airport we had more than 500 NCRs and at Sibu Airport we also had more than 200 NCRs. All these NCRs are records needed for managing and tracking non-conformance so that the contractors will be obliged to make good those non-conformance within a specified time. Some, and in fact, quite many NCRs are in regards to workers who did not follow safety and/or health procedures; some are with regards to late material submissions, and quite many are non-substantive issues. There are also some NCRs that are critical and some that are records of defective works - all these are part and parcel of construction management. Please go to Shah Alam hospital project and check how many NCRs are issued ... asked JKR engineers about their project NCRs and you will be told there are usually more than a few hundreds. Would this airport project be 90% completed today if the NCRs are the substantive reasons of delay? The delay at klia2 is more than 18 months ...

Some of NCRs issued

Did the Project Auditor engaged by MOT analyzed the soil conditions and the substantive contributions to the settlement of the ground, unexpected soil conditions that forces the contractor to modify and re-design the structural works? Did the Auditor inform the minister that RC Piles had to be driven to support the drains, sewerage pipes and culverts? Did you know that hundreds of thousands of piles have to be added to support the structural works and external services because the soil condition was horrible and in fact this piece of land is not suitable for an airport?

More information of the soil conditions and databases inclduing forensic engineers report will be publish soon. Wait for PART 4!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

KLIA2 REVIEW (PART 3)

'Main terminal hitch to blame'  
(Pg B2, Business Times, NST, 8 July 2013)



[QUOTE]


MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) could have accelerated the remaining works at the low-cost terminal building (klia2) in Sepang, if the main terminal had been completed on time.

A company official, who declined to be named, said KLIA2 could have been opened on June 28 2013.

"Had the terminal been ready, MAHB and the other contractors would have accelerated work on the remaining packages to complete on time. This means klia2 could have been opened last month," the official told Business Times.

[UNQUOTE]

 (Read more: Main Terminal Hitch To Blame)

Many asked me when will Part 3 be released? Today! Because, I love more statements from MAHB officials. I wanted to let the public hear from the press release from MAHB and let the public grasps the story from MAHB officials. Then I will tell my story, one at a time.

Before I start Part 3, I may also be writing Part 4 to Part 8 - another 5 more installments - in stages. Part 3 will continue on the Main Terminal & Satellite Building. In Part 4, I will write about the soil conditions, the marine clay profile, the soil improvements carried out and what was the soil consolidation at the time of commencement of the new Runway construction and the impact of the soil strata on the Main Terminal Building and Satellite Building. Part 5 is a "Secret" ... (I need to seek Don Khaza's permission & get his consent).  In Part 6, I will write on the AGL System - Airport Ground Lighting System and System review of the AGL between current KLIA system, Subang Airport AGL, other airports in Malaysia and what to expect from KLIA2 and ... reveal some letters to the Prime Minister & Transport Minister (I also need to get the green light from Tingkat 4). Part 7 & 8, I have not defragment my information system as yet; will collate the facts and figures.

Ok, let me digress about the article reported on 8 July in Biz Times (NST, pg B2) as quoted above. Before I talk about the scenario, let me show you some pictures below:


Culvert & Drainage Works in Progress (photo dated: 4th July 2013)

Remarks: did you see the RC Piles at the far end?

Box Culvert construction in progress (photo dated: 4th July 2013)

Remarks: why was these drainage systems  not carried at the earlier phase, i.e. during the Infrastructure construction phase, prior to the commencement of terminal building works? Why only constructing now when the Terminal Building is already 93% completed?

Piled foundations for the drainage system in progress (photo dated 4th July 2013)



Photo shows the roof of Gateway@klia2 roof (the building at the far end is the Main Terminal Building & Satellite Building together with the Link Bridge). Gateway@klia is carried out by WCT and is jointly owned by MAHB and WCT (30:70 equity). How come you didn't hear anything about this work progress? Why is MAHB silent on this works?

Remarks: see the roof top of Gateway@klia2 and guess whether it is completed?

RC Ramp linking Main Terminal Building & Gateway@klia2

Remarks: Not yet complete, my dear (photo dated: 4th July 2013)

Drainage System at the Taxi Way connecting to New Runway - Not yet complete, my dear!
(photo dated: 4th July 2013)

Taxi Way connecting to New Runway in progress
(photo dated: 4th July 2013)

Taxi Way connecting to New Runway
(photo dated 4th July 2013)

"Had the terminal been ready, MAHB and the other contractors would have accelerated work on the remaining packages to complete on time. This means klia2 could have been opened last month," MAHB official told Business Times.

Dear Commander Zai and Datuk Azmi Murad and Dato Hamid, I am not sure who that official from MAHB is, but Zai, that statement wouldn't have been said without your consent.

Other contractors? They are facing material shortages problem - drainage layer and quarry products - (if you need their letters, I can publish ...) Ask Swee Kuari; asked Perkasa Jauhari; asked KUB Builders ... and dear Zai, can you tell us whether the AGL cabling works have commence? Or, have all the ducting works  for the AGL  completed by now? 

Dear Zai, can you brief us on the timeline and/or durations required by Customs & Immigration Department for them to install their network system including data cables and system integration?

Dear Zai and Datuk Hamid, can you tell the public about the ATH (Air Transit Hotel) construction and when they will complete? If their works are situated at Satellite Building, how can you expect the Terminal Building contracts to be completed when your third party contractors have yet to complete their works which affects the Certificate of Completion (CCC application)? Also take note that the Interior Design works and Retail Outlets currently in progress (i.e. works by third parties) will also affect the CCC application and Bomba Inspection and certification before CCC can be issued. If CCC cannot be achieved because of third party works, can you impose LAD??? Did your Legal Department brief you on the laws and principles of Contract? Do you know that your Contract Administrator is ignorant of the Law of Contracts when he issued the CNC without exhausting all the events of delay caused by the Employer and/or his Representatives (i.e. CDC) and the failure to consider the delay events caused by the Employer, consequently, the failure to grant EOT for such delay will render "time-at-large"? (Example: S.I. issued on VO works during the period from March to June 2013 where works were delayed due to the additional VO works instructed by the Employer?

Dear Zai, please read Clause 20.4(g) and Clause 20.5 of your Conditions of Contract pertaining to Clause 20.2(c) on Exceptions to Risks that result in "Damages to property and/or Works which the unavoidable result of the Design or Execution of the Works in accordance with the Contract …" Did you know that the Forensic Engineers' report states that the "Soil Consolidation" and "Vertical Drains" installed previously by your Infrastructure Contractors (and subsequently removed prior to achieving the consolidated shear force together with the Surcharged soil strata) was the critical element that create the "forces of nature" and to the extend that sheetpiled shoring system could not withstand the lateral forces acted upon?

Abdul Aziz Kaprawi will be briefed by the forensic experts ... get ready to brief Aziz as he is new to klia2 (oh, Don will also like to have a breakfast meeting)

WAIT FOR PART 4 ...
***

(p/s: a Voice, you should visit KLIA2 together with Bro Dato Rocky.)

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Come Buy Shops please; for National Unity Sake


[QUOTE]

Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan said:

"... in the Klang Valley, only 15 percent of retail shops are operated by Bumiputera, while the rest are operated by the Chinese.

"It is not a good statistic from a national economic distribution level," he told a press conference in Seremban, according to Sin Chew Daily.

He said that he needed to point this out because the current scenario was not healthy for the country's economic development.

"When the tourists visit Malaysia, they might ask: Are there only Chinese in Malaysia? Where are the Malay, Indian, Kadazan and Iban shops?

 "The Chinese had become first-class citizens long ago. If not, they would not have 85 percent business ownership. And among the top 40 Malaysian tycoons, three quarters are Chinese," he said.

[UNQUOTE]

 I don't have any shop in Klang Valley nor anywhere. But I am prepared to assist any one, Bumiputera or Indians or Orang Asli or anybody else to buy a shophouse or Soho anywhere in Klang Valley. There are plenty of shops awaiting new buyers or interested buyers. So, please contact me or any real estate agent if you need to buy them. And dear Ahmad Maslan, please help the Bumiputeras to buy those available shops in Klang Valley so that they can help to increase the ownership differentials and ensure "National Unity" (if national unity is the criteria measured by owning shops in Klang Valley, or anywhere else). 

Today, after being in college and universities for more than 10 years, I discovered that all my lecturers have failed to make me understand that national unity, or, national economic distribution is measured vide shops ownership. My lecturers taught me that "people who buy shops are those who need a premise to do business and/or to invest in properties, either for rent or hoping that property prices will appreciate and thereof he will gain profits. Shops are investments ... and if it affects national unity and economic distributions, then please go and buy as much as you can to solve national unity problems.

What about those who hoards cashs? I mean those who keeps cash or cash deposits? And what about those who keeps (i.e. pile up) credit card debts? Will these also affects national economic distribution or debt ownership? Can Ahmad Maslan clarify that debt ownership is also needed to ensure national economic distribution? If that is the case, I must go and advice all my children to start borrowing as much as possible to ensure national economic distribution is achieved; all for the sake of national unity!!!

EPF is buying shopping complexes; is it because of national unity or investments?

But EPF is buying so many properties in London and New York too! Will buying foreign shops and properties affects national unity? Dear Ahmad Maslan, please clarify! 

I am just puzzled; who is stopping the Bumis from buying or owning shops? Maybe, Maybank, Khazanah, Tabung Haji, LTAT and all those institutions including Syed Mokhtar should buy up whatever available shops in Klang Valley to distribute it to all my Bumi friends and fellow Malaysians, including my brother, Dato Rocky Bru, A Voice, Nuraina and Marina Mahathir too. And please don't forget my colleagues and staff in my company too!!! Dear Amin, Fahmi and Wada, please call Datuk Ahmad Maslan to assist as we need shops for our new office (kalau boleh lah)

P/S: Oh, by the way, dear Ahmad Maslan, I am delighted to know that I am a First Class Citizen. I will go and convince all my children on your statement. Terima Kasih banyak banyak!