KUALA LUMPUR – All National Sports Council (MSN) construction and upgrading projects, which were delayed as mentioned in the Third Series of the 2014 Auditor-General Report and tabled in Parliament on Monday, were completed before the publication of the report, said Youth and Sports Minister (KBS) Khairy Jamaluddin.
He said he concurred with what had been mentioned in the report and all efforts to correct the situation had been made by his ministry.
“All reprimands found in the Auditor-General’s Report have not only been acknowledged but also taken into account by KBS and its agencies.
“Many of the problems identified were due to the mistakes of the contractors or consultants. In some cases, we had to hike the costs due to the scopes of the projects,” he said after attending a National Youth Consultative Council (MPBN) meeting at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), here, today.
According to the report, the contractors responsible for managing the construction projects and upgrading several MSN complexes were found to have failed to complete the projects on schedule.
The management of the Wangsa Maju MSN Complex and the upgrading of the Kuala Rompin MSN Complex and the Bukit Jalil Shooting Training Centre at Gymnasium 3 were not satisfactory and they could not be completed in the stipulated time.
An audit review found the Wangsa Maju MSN Complex construction project was only completed on May 20, 2013, a delay of 323 days and was given five extensions amounting to 294 days and penalised RM670,346.
For the project to upgrade the Kuala Rompin MSN Complex, the rescue contractor was given two extensions of 88 days and penalised RM78,000.
Meanwhile, the Bukit Jalil Shooting Training Centre at Gymnasium 3 was only completed on Sept 17, 2013, namely, 178 days after the expiry of the second extension date and was penalised TM179,605.
According to the report, the Gymnasium 3 building too had not received the certificate of Fitness for Occupation or Certificate of Completion and Compliance despite having been used for sports training since 2008. – BERNAMA