Completion of new hospital block in Seberang Jaya delayed

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Seberang Jaya- The construction of new multi-storey blocks that were expected to be completed by June 2020 will apparently face a delay for another year following a decision by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) to reopen the tender for the project. This time the tendering process will be done through a open-tender.

However, the Penang State Executive Councillor for Agriculture, Agro-Based industries, Rural Development and Health, YB Dr. Afif Bahardin said that the issue will be bought to the attention of the MOF for further consideration in order to accelerate the construction process of the federal project.

"Saya faham bahawa proses tender terbuka penting untuk memastikan ketelusan dan keberkesanan pelaksanaan sesuatu projek tapi dalam soal projek pembinaan hospital sebesar ini, tender terbuka perlu dilihat pada perancangan awal dan bukannya sewaktu projek sedang berjalan.

"Apabila perolehan dibuka semula secara tender terbuka, ia akan menjadi masalah koordinasi yang mana proses tender terbuka ini menyebabkan projek yang sudah sedia lewat akan bertambah lewat kira-kira setahun lagi."

“Sebab itu, saya melihat perlu ada perbincangan bersama MOF untuk melihat beberapa prosedur di dalam kerajaan yang boleh diguna pakai bagi mempercepatkan proses pembinaan projek ini,” katanya pada sidang media sempena lawatan ke tapak projek berkenaan sebentar tadi."

Furthermore, Dr Afif added that so far there are only four contractors that have been awarded the tender whereas 15 other contractors are still in due process of approval which is expected to be completed  by the end of this month.

“Dari segi polisi tender terbuka kita setuju tidak ada masalah mengenainya tapi dari segi koordinasi akan menimbulkan masalah bagi projek ini. Oleh itu, saya perlu suarakan perkara ini kepada MOF untuk mencari penyelesaian bagi mempercepatkan projek ini,”said Dr Afif who is also the State Assemblymen (ADUN) of Seberang Jaya.

It is understood that the project has cost RM 368,888,987 so far and expected to be fully completed by the end of 2021. He also addressed the problem of lack of parking spots in the hospital that needs to be given serious attention by the relevant parties due to the inconvenience it causes to the public.

Credit: Buletin Mutiara

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