Published on: Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Kota Kinabalu: Work has completed to centralise and upgrade the existing Central and Southern Catchment sewerage system project valued at RM183 million.
But not according to one blogger who claims the project was "mismanaged".
He alleged that seepage from the said sewer pipes are now polluting the environment as the project warranty (Defect Liability Period) ends this January 2015. It began in 2007.
That was barely two years after the Certificate of Practical Completion (CPC) was issued by the then Public Works Department January this year
"It so happens that I am privy to quite a bit of information on the 'mismanagement' of this project," he said in his blog posted on Dec 3.
The project came about based on the need to centralise the city's sewerage system, thus to improve the environment and living conditions of the people.
Hence, the sewerage project was launched to centralise and upgrade the existing sewerage systems, namely Central catchment and Southern Catchment, here.
The public listed firm clinched the contract deemed the largest sewerage project in history, whereby it was given as Design and Build.
A total of about 22km of pipeline was laid by the hired sub-contractors and while the pipe laying was on-going, underground closed circuit television (CCTV) was also installed and a project consultant was appointed to report to the public listed firm.
This is where the issues are.
"The underground CCTV shows areas where there are obstructions and where the pipes are deviating and where there are breakages and leaks and subsidence in the underground pipes," he said.
While, the CCTV reports were given directly to the public listed firm, including the footage, the CCTV contractors were not allowed to report directly to PWD.
"In fact they had been warned against such conduct," he alleged.
Lukman fears that details over these discrepancies are hidden from the PWD which may be "covered up" he said,.
"Have all CCTV reports and CDs had been submitted to JKRS. There are lengths of pipes which have problems and no CCTV was done.
This is in spite of JKRS repeatedly having instructed the PLC to have CCTV completed for the whole pipeline/100pc of the pipeline," he said.
Quoting news reports, Lukman wonders how PWD could issue the CPC, despite CCTV not installed in some vital areas.
l What did the consultants do about this (CCTV not being done 100pc as required)? Are they aware or have they been instructed to close their eyes?
l Can the consultants give an unbiased opinion and report? Shouldn't the consultants licence be revoked?
l Was there any fraudulent misrepresentation by the PLC and consultants? Did JKR officers make any fraudulent misrepresentation to Minister concerned?
"Is it possible that some of the PLC's submissions to JKRS are dubious/ falsified?
"Why was the CCTV contractor not made to report direct to JKRS? Is it part of the requirement of a Design and Build contract or was it an oversight?" he asked.
He added, "And I am writing this and the following articles to ensure the same does not materialise in the second phase that has just been awarded or about to be awarded."
He also warned that nothing can be done beyond the liability period that ends Jan 2015.