We call on the Works Minister to explain why Projek Hospital Temerloh Sdn Bhd (PHTSB) could obtain the Certificate of Practical Completion (CPC) on 15 January, 2005, when works such as the helipad have not been completed.

Media Statement
Tan Seng Giaw

(Kepong, Tuesday): On 5 April, 2005, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu invited me in the House to visit the Temerloh Hospital, Pahang. He said that this was the most beautiful hospital in the East Coast (of the Peninsula). Over a month later, I am still waiting for his invitation.

The contractor for the hospital that costs nearly RM200 million is PHTSB. It got the CPC on 15 January, 2005. But, it has not submitted a satisfactory list of the uncompleted works. For example, it had not installed Residual Current Device (RCD), how much of the roads were constructed with limestone or granite, the helipad had not followed international standard and so forth.

On 17 March, 2005, a few colleagues, reporters and I saw the Temerloh Hospital. On 8 April, 2005, I wrote to the DCA asking whether it had approved the helipad that was situated in the middle of hospital buildings, hostels, car parks and roads. It dithers. In the reply dated 14 April, 2005, but received at the end of April, it says that the helipad is subjected to the specifications of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, that the safety features such as flood light must be installed on adjacent tall buildings and that the management must issue Standard Operating Procedure limiting take-off and landing only in one direction. I have written to DCA to ask again whether it has approved the helipad.

If major works such as RCD, helipad and roads do not comply with specifications, the contractor should not be given CPC. How does PHTSB acquire its CPC? This boggles.



*  Tan Seng Giaw, DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong