ACA inquiry into delayed prison job ordered


Tuesday April 18, 2006

ACA inquiry into delayed prison job ordered

KUCHING: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, upset over the long delay in completing a prison project near here, wants the Anti-Corruption Agency to find out what had happened.

The Prime Minister said he would wait for the report before deciding on the next course of action over the uncompleted prison at Jalan Puncak Borneo.

I want to get a report from the ACA to find out what actually happened, he told reporters yesterday.

Abdullah was unhappy that several buildings were not constructed according to design.

There were beams without foundations. If these buildings are used, they will cause lots of problems, he said.

He added that he would call a meeting in Kuala Lumpur soon to decide if the unsafe structures should be demolished and rebuilt.

The project, covering 48ha, would have blocks for 500 men and 150 women prisoners, staff quarters and housing, and a Henry Gurney School, among other facilities.

It was originally awarded to WMM Holdings for RM165mil.

The company started work in 1997 and was to have completed the prison by August 2000. After it failed to deliver, the companys contract was terminated.

The Public Works Department, which took over the project early last year, appointed TSR Bina Sdn Bhd as the new main contractor through open tender.