Auditor-General’s Report: RM6mil of flood mitigation equipment unusable

PETALING JAYA: More than RM6mil worth of flood mitigation equipment allocated under the Tenth Malaysia Plan could not be used due to various technical problems, the Auditor-General’s Report has revealed.

According to the audit, there were project components or works under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Flood Mitigation Programme (FMP) that did not comply with specifications or were of low quality.

This equipment was a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system worth RM1.44mil for Phase 2 of the Sibu FMP that could not be used due to an antenna installation problem.

The Phase 1 of the Kelantan River FMP also faced the same problem, as its SCADA system worth RM4.85mil could not be used due to technical problems.

As for package 2B of the Muda River (Hulu) FMP and Package 2 of the Muda (Hilir) FMP, the report said only seven units were occupied, while four units were used as an operations office and store or rest area while another three units were not used.

“Certain components of the FMP were also not well maintained,” the Auditor-General said in the third series of the Auditor-General’s Report 2014, which was released in Dewan Rakyat on Monday.

However, the report also lauded the programme as it had managed to reduce the risk of loss of life and property damage due to flooding.

The Report however noted that some states, particularly East Coast states such as Kelantan and Terengganu were not prioritized when the FMP was implemented.

It recommended that the Ministry and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia (DID) to monitor FMP effectively as well as supervise work progress of contractors.

by RAHMAH GHAZALI.

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