Got money ah? Pay, pay, where's the money...
The contractors are still waiting until now...
Yet the project has been left alone after the base structure was completed. Datuk Rafiah Salim said the project was tendered with officials from both the Finance Ministry and the Works Ministry present with all the proper paperwork done.
“We started the project in good faith and expected the rest of the money to come because approval had been given under the 8th Malaysia Plan,” said Rafiah.
Rafiah said the funds were under the Finance Ministry's control and money had been allocated for the project to continue. But where is the money?
“It’s a lot of money, that’s why there’s a lot of interest in this project.
Independent engineer E.F. Lee said the practice of building the first part of a project was both foolish and unheard of in the construction industry. “In the industry, when you start a project, you want to finish it because a few years later, the technologies and needs may have changed and the base structure would have been outdated,” said Lee.
“Starting a project when you only have partial funds, while not illegal, is very bad planning.”
Lee said although he had not inspected the site up close, from his observation the construction looked abandoned without any mitigation or protection to the completed structures.
“By leaving it unprotected, corrosion will set in and the bars will lose strength that is critical to reinforce the concrete structure,” Lee said.
UMMC director Prof Dr Ikram Shah Ismail and UMMC associate professor and consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Prof Dr Jamiyah Hassan further clarified the situation. “The building was initiated under the 7th Malaysia Plan, with the building designed to be done in two phases because there was not enough funds in the 7th Malaysia Plan. Thus, funding for the project had to be spilled over to the 8th Malaysia Plan,” said Dr Jamiyah.
“Tender for the base structure was closed on Aug 7, 2002, and the project was undertaken and completed by the first construction company while we waited for the next part of the funding from the Finance Ministry.”
On April 22, 2004, the Finance Ministry officially told UMMC that there were not enough funds to finance the project due to the economic downturn and asked UMMC to resubmit applications for funds in the 9th Malaysia Plan instead.
Pak Lah, got money to complete this project ah?
Cakap boleh serupa bikin kah???