PETALING JAYA: The construction of the Kelantan Matriculation College was completed almost two years after its targeted date, according to the Auditor-General's report on Monday.
"The audit revealed that the construction of the Kelantan Matriculation College was completed on 14 October 2013 after five extensions of time, totalling 721 days," said the report on Monday.
It added that the contract was awarded by the Finance Ministry to Syarikat Promotion Mantap Sdn Bhd.
"The contract worth RM155 million should have been completed in 104 weeks commencing from the date of site possession on 6 October 2009," said the report.
It said that the college could only accommodate 2,000 SPM-holders enrolled in the Education Ministry’s matriculation programme - 1,000 students short of its original 3,000-person target due to limited funds.
The report found several other flaws in the project, pointing out that the price negotiation process took 15 months to be finalised, and that the signing of agreements on the procurement of consultant services were delayed between 67 and 116 days.
"There was non-compliance with special provisions in the contract for work allocation to Class F contractors and there was non-compliance with standards for the design of squash courts, resulting in additional costs for the construction of glass walls," it added.
Other flaws identified were the late submission of the As-Built Drawing and the Operation and Maintenance Manual; inappropriate design and unsatisfactory construction works; as well as unsatisfactory mechanical and electrical works.
"It is recommended that the Ministry of Education and Public Works Department (PWD) consider the additional scope of work by PWD that must be properly planned and implemented promptly to avoid delay in completing the project and increase in cost," said the Auditor-General's reports.
It added that the superintending officer and representative of the superintending officer should ensure the participation of Class F contractors, or bumiputra contractors in national development.
"The implementation of work allocation to Class F contractors could provide opportunities for them to participate and benefit from the implementation of Government development projects. The main contractor should fulfil its promise as stipulated in the pledge of the contract," added the report.
It also recommended that stern action be taken against contractors and consultants who failed to carry out their responsibilities.
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