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Monday, January 4, 2010

Flyover: Work at standstill, insists DAP

Kota Kinabalu: The Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) runway extension and the Tanjung Aru flyover projects may face another setback on the eventual completion date, the opposition DAP predicts.

Its Kota Kinabalu MP, Dr Hiew King Cheu, said the two mega projects are showing only little sign of work progress and closer to stop-work.

He claimed there was no work progress the past one year and all heavy machinery remain idle. "To date, work on both the job sites are at total stand still with only a handful of workers lingering around.

"The two projects should be in full swing now. At this rate, the contractor will never meet the date of completion," he said.

On Dec. 14, Dr. Hiew asked Transport Deputy Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri in Parliament pertaining to both projects. Abdul Rahim replied that some technical details and land matters were holding up the progress.

Dr Hiew described the answer as unsatisfactory, saying there was no reason for work to be held up for so long until there was near zero progress.

"The two contracts were awarded to the same contractor.

"Is the contractor at fault and if so, what action is the Government going to take to ensure the contractor executes the job in accordance with the contract terms and conditions?

"The delay on both two projects caused much concern and inconvenience to the public.

The Government should tell the truth what is really happening.

"It is the people's money that the Government is spending and we have the right to know," he said.


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