KUALA LUMPUR: The Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has urged the government to come up with a comprehensive standard operating procedure (SOP) for maintenance of its assets so it can be used over a long period.
This was among the recommendations by the PAC after concluding its report on the Kuala Lumpur Sports City (KLSC), in the wake of safety issues raised in the Auditor-General's Report 2017 Series 2.
The KLSC Bukit Jalil includes the Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex (KSNBJ).
PAC chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the Malaysia Stadium Corporation (PSM) should have allocated sufficient fund to cover the cost of maintenance for KSNBJ.
"PSM should prepare a revenue expenditure forecast to ensure that there is enough fund to cover the maintenance for all the stadiums under its watch.
"The PAC would also request that Youth and Sports Ministry prepare a budget and have enough additional allocations should PSM be unable to generate enough funds on its own," said Kiandee in a statement on Thursday (March 14).
The PAC's report on the KLSC was tabled in Parliament on Thursday (March 14).
Kiandee said the PAC also recommended that PSM worked closely with Rukun Juang Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB), which carried out the rejuvenation project, to prepare a SOP and train PSM staff.
The PAC also recommended that the Youth and Sports Ministry and PSM obtain and safe-keep important documents related to the project, such as the as-built-drawings and maintenance records in digital formats.
"We also recommend that the Auditor-General conduct a follow-up audit on PSM two years from the date the PAC report is tabled," said Kiandee.
He added that the PAC had called up Youth and Sports Ministry's Secretary General Datuk Lokman Hakim Ali and PSM chief executive officer Azman Fahmi Osman during its proceedings on Jan 9 this year.
Based on the testimonies, Kiandee said that the Youth and Sports Ministry was successful in implementing the project over a short period of time.
The Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) was also obtained after RJSB had gotten the green light from local agencies to certify that the building was safe to use.
"The project by RJSB is also of high quality as it received international recognition after the rejuvenation process.
"However, PSM's lack of funds, ineffective planning and the records of assets and maintenance that were not orderly caused it to not carry out its role effectively," said Kiandee.
He said that PSM did not play its role in producing a business model that was sustainable by making use of the potentials in each of the facilities in KSNBJ.
Kiandee, however, noted that he and other PAC members were satisfied with the capability of RJSB in completing the project in only 17 months and handing over the facilities to KSNBJ to enable them to organise the Temasya Kuala Lumpur 2017 successfully.
He said the event was successful as it received recognition, enabling KSNBJ to win 10 awards.
Among the awards were Stadium of The Year by World Stadium Congress 2018 Award (Netherlands), Exterior Lighting Design Award 2018 (Bangkok), and the International Architecture Award 2018 (USA) at the international level.
Locally, it also won the CIDB SHASSIC 5 Star Award 2017.
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