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Thursday October 3, 2013 MYT 8:00:17 AM
ALOR SETAR: The positioning of toilet bowls caught the eye of officers during audit checks of the Kota Setar District and Land Office here.
It was revealed in the Auditor-General’s Report that toilet bowl placements were not centred in the middle of the toilet cubicle.
Among other weaknesses found in the building were poor design, shabbily installed window frames, and not enough depth for laid network cable trunking.
Complaints were also received over workspaces and the building’s drive-through counter.
The Public Works Department (JKR), when queried, replied that the positioning of the bowls could not be rectified due to mistakes made during the fixing of underground sewerage pipes for the toilet. JKR, however, repaired the window frames.
The report also said that the building was occupied even though no Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) was issued. The Completion of Work certificate was issued in May last year and office staff moved in the following month.
The A-G’s Report stated the delay in obtaining the CCC for the Kota Setar District and Land Office was due to lack of coordination between the state Economic Planning Unit and other agencies and that JKR should have corrected any construction mistakes early to prevent the Government from bearing the repair cost.
Separately, the A-G found that 27 forest recreational areas in Kedah have yet to be gazetted even though some of the sites have been developed.
The areas cover 272 ha of forest in Kubang Pasu, Padang Terap, Langkawi, Yan, Sik, Pendang, Kuala Muda, Baling and Kulim.
The forest recreational areas include Titi Hayun, Batu Hampar and Seri Perigi in Yan, the famous Tasik Dayang Bunting, Telaga Tujuh and Durian Perangin in Langkawi, Pedu Lake in Padang Terap and Sungai Sedim in Kulim.
Facilities in Bukit Hijau, Sungai Sedim and Pasir Tengkorak were found to be in poor conditions.
The audit on the Forestry Department also found that the department and state Economic Planning Unit had not signed a lease agreement with the company responsible for the maintenance of 20 chalets in the Sungai Sedim recreational area resulting in the state being unable to recover backdated payments from the company.
The A-G’s Report urged the Kedah government to gazette the areas immediately, investigate the officer who failed to prepare the lease agreement for the maintenance of the Sungai Sedim chalets and monitor the contractors hired to maintain facilities at the recreational areas.
The Kedah Forestry Department in a letter dated Jan 8 and Feb 4 this year said 12 of the areas have been listed for gazetting as Kedah state forest recreational parks.
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