MoF should drop the
scandalous PMC mechanism and find new stringent ways and measures to
control cost, ensure quality and prevent corruptions in all public
by Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew
Works Minister Datuk Seri S.
Samy Vellu has recently revealed that PMC (Project Management Consultants)
formed in 1990 under the jurisdiction of Finance Ministry were the real
culprits behind the various failed and uncompleted public projects such as
the MATRADE building, the
MRRII Kepong flyover, the East Coast Highway, the Sultan Ismail Hospital in
Johor Bahru, and the flawed construction of public schools and colleges.
MoF should drop the scandalous PMC now that the mechanism was
not only proven inefficient and ineffective but causing serious bleeding to
public funds. Samy has publicly claimed that PMC in the past has been
approving public projects with cost which were two to three times higher
than those set by the Works Ministry. It’s a great crime if what was
claimed by the Works Minister were not untrue. MoF should immediately find
new stringent ways and measures to control cost, ensure quality and prevent
corruptions in all public projects.
MoF should also immediately direct all companies responsible
for the various failed and uncompleted public projects to pay for their
follies (regardless of political connections), instead of taxing further the
taxpayers’ money. All officials entrusted to lead PMC like Tan Sri
Shamsuddin Hitam (former KSU of MoF) should be summoned for explanations
immediately. ACA should also be called in for investigations as the money
involved were not small by any standard.
Malaysians taxpayers should not be paying RM8 million to
clean up the Sultan Ismail Hospital as reported last week. Such cost should
be borne by the construction company, i.e. M.H Project Sdn Bhd (formerly
known as Metro Health Sdn Bhd).
Likewise, companies responsible for the 21 flawed school and
community college buildings (such as Worldworth Sdn Bhd) should be penalized
for shoddy works and be held responsible for the cost of all repair works.
* Ronnie Liu
Tian Khiew, DAP International Secretary and NGO bureau chief