GEORGE TOWN: The state government is “very upset” that work on the Penang Syariah Court Headquarters Complex has been delayed for 21 months.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the project was supposed to be completed on Oct 1, 2014, but two extensions of time were allowed - on Jan 1 and April 28, last year.
“We are very upset with the delay,” Lim said.
He said the delay had not only irked the state government but the Syariah judiciary and the Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas as well.
He told reporters this after a working visit briefing by representatives from the Public Works Department (JKR), the project’s consultants and contractor at the complex in Scotland Road here yesterday.
“The state government allocated this prime land valued at RM80mil for the Penang Syariah Court headquarters because we felt that it is appropriate with the location of this site.
The federal project on the 1.18ha land at the Scotland Road-Batu Gantong Road junction started with an original cost of RM32.9mil but the cost was later reduced to RM29.3mil.
The seven-storey building being built next to the existing Syariah Court complex, will have courtrooms, judge’s chambers, a multi-purpose hall, a surau, a police station, a cafeteria and a nursery, as well as a public car park for 117 vehicles and 47 motorcycles.
The building is expected to be completed by June 23.
However, the court complex is only expected to be ready for use early next year as six more months is needed for furniture fittings and other fixtures.
According to a JKR official who declined to be named, there was a delay of 21 months as the project’s contractor had “financial and management issues.”
She added that the contractor had been slapped with a liquidated and ascertain-ed damages fine of about RM2.2mil for the delay.
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