The Works Minister should make it a matter of urgency and priority to ascertain the extent of contractual non-compliance even though Projek Hospital Temerloh Sendirian Berhad (PHTSB) has obtained the Certificate of Practical Completion (CPC)

Media Statement
by Dr Tan Seng Giaw

(Kuala Lumpur,  Saturday): Apparently, the Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has alerted the Public Works Department (JKR) about PHTSB and CPC without satisfactory completion of outstanding works. PHTSB is meeting the JKR over the matter. The Minister should make a matter of urgency and priority to get to the bottom of things, especially when he has criteria for approving CPC. We hope he is concerned about the safety of the new hospital. 

I have heard that PHTSB was in the process of installing RCDs and that these devices were found in switchrooms in the Temerloh Hospital. Yesterday, after issuing my statement urging the Minister to make the Temerloh Hospital ‘beautiful’ not just on appearance, but also on all aspects, I received complaints from some people who insisted that PHTSB had only ordered RCDs, not purchased or in the process of installation. As RCDs are important in dealing with current leakage and in ensuring the safety of all electrical equipments, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu should find out if PHTSB has decided to leave out RCDs. Is it only just ordering these devices? What is the brand? Where are they? Will Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and various wards have RCDs?


Some complain that PHTSB does not even have RCDs in switchrooms. The Minister must find out if this is true and tell us why PHTSB has taken out RCDs from the contract? Has JKR approved drawings for construction, including wiring at the sites? Since PHTSB does not intend to install RCDs and other relevant instruments, are the construction of the hospital and the wiring adapted for these? If not, would JKR see to it that PHTSB tear down some of the structures and rewire to install RCDs and other appliances including MRI?


* Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP International Publicity Secretary and NGO bureau chief