PETALING JAYA: An independent consultant has been appointed by the Government to evaluate the safety of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) following the circulation of photos depicting cracks at the aircraft parking area.
Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the consultant, Ikram Premier Consulting, will examine the safety of the airport taxiway, apron, runway and surrounding areas and submit an initial report directly to the Prime Minister early next week.
“While KLIA2 is a commercial project, I will try my best to ensure that safety is guaranteed and remains a priority for all parties, based on the country’s interest in the iconic project,” said Hishammuddin.
He said the Cabinet decided to appoint an independent consultant following a statement by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) that cracks in the outer areas of the KLIA2 (terminal) would not affect the safety of the aircraft.
Last Thursday, DCA director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abd Rahman said the cracks were superficial and were not a structural defect, and that the airport would start operating as scheduled on May 2.
His statement followed an online news portal report showing photos of cracks on the airport apron.
Officials later said the photos were several months old and that the cracks had already been repaired.
The Star earlier highlighted the issue in a report on Feb 5 on how the new airport had failed in its fitness test.
Hishammuddin said the Fire and Rescue Department had issued approval for the KLIA2 terminal building.
“The Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer testing is underway and going smoothly.
“Staff members of the businesses, vendors and government agencies have begun entering the terminal to clean up and prepare their respective premises and offices,” said Hishammuddin.
He added that Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee would visit the new airport next week, followed by several other Members of Parliament.