PAC calls for action against KK Airport contractors

THE Public Accounts Committee wants action to be taken against the original contractors hired for the upgrading of the Kota Kinabalu Airport.

PAC said the contractors, who were hired through direct negotiations, did not adhere to the terms and conditions stipulated in the contract.

“The upgrading project was not well planned in terms of design, which did not take into account passenger traffic and did not comply with the Environmental Impact Assessment.”

Its president, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, said due to the problems caused by the original contractors, the Transport Ministry had to appoint another contractor to complete the project at an additional cost of RM194 million.

The report said the installation of the instrument-landing system, which was scheduled to be completed by August 2012, was not completed in time.

“In June, the progress was only at 0.08 per cent. Most of the equipment had not been installed even when the ministry had bought and paid for them,” Jazlan said after chairing a meeting at Parliament yesterday.

The airport, which houses two terminals, is the second busiest in the country with more than 120 international and 400 domestic flights weekly.

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