Monday, October 24, 2016

Chong regrets Foo’s defence of Maybank

KUCHING: Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen regrets that SUPP Central Youth publicity secretary Milton Foo has defended corporations rather than the interests of the community.
Chong, also Kota Sentosa assemblyman and state DAP chairman, wondered why Foo had recently hit out at him for appealing to Maybank to reconsider its decision to close down the MJC branch.
“Even though a bank is a profit-making institution, it also has social obligation, not to mention that Maybank is the largest banking institution in Malaysia.
“The MJC branch is the only Maybank outlet serving people in the area. No doubt that e-banking is convenient but it may not be such a case for some especially senior citizens,” he told reporters here yesterday.
Chong said he had recently written to Maybank headquarters, requesting the bank to continue operating its MJC branch.
He added that a copy of the same letter had also been delivered to Bank Negara Malaysia.
“Never mind that Milton Foo did not defend the people, it is his choice. But at the very least, do not mess with what I’m trying to do — defend the interest of the people.”
He also ridiculed the justification Foo gave for the closure of Maybank MJC branch.
“I have never heard of closing down a branch to keep the same number of employees. When you cut down branches, the next step would be cutting down the number of employees.”
In a press statement last week, Chong said the MJC branch was the only Maybank outlet for Batu Kawa area, and that its relocation would cause great inconvenience to businesses and residents.
TheBorneoPost October 24, 2016

MJC Mutiara residents complain of cracked, sinking walls

KUCHING: Residents of No1 to No 26 houses at MJC Mutiara here are frustrated with the developer’s indifference to solve engineering issues affecting their houses.
The gate to Simon’s (right) house cannot be properly closed due to the sinking walls. Also with Simon are Chong (centre) and his special assistant Kelvin Yii.
Many of them have complained individually about the cracks on concrete walls and sinking walls in the past couple of years, but the developer has so far taken no serious action to resolve the matter.
Simon Ritom, owner of house No 25, moved into his ‘dream home’ in 2008. Little did he know that his beautiful dream has now turned into a nightmare when the walls of his house began to show cracks from 2011.
He brought the problem to the developer, only to be told ‘Sorry, your warranty has lapsed’ although the developer did eventually patch up some cracks following his numerous complaints.
“If it is a leaking roof or minor cracks, I can repair them  myself. But we are talking about the main pillars of my house, which isn’t just (any) minor defect. After complaining for three years, I gave up. And now, I cannot even close my gate,” he said when met at the residential area yesterday.
Simon said he was more concerned about his safety, and hoped that the developer would do something before any untoward incident happened.
“I don’t even know when the ceiling will fall. This is my life investment. When I bought the house in 2008, it was perfect. I was so attracted to it that I quickly signed the contract.”
Just as Simon was about to accept his fate, his neighbours — who face the same problem — decided to defend the interest of house owners there by approaching Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen.
Prior to seeking help from Chong, the residents jointly wrote a letter to the developer in May. They appealed to the developer to look into the structural defects given that these cracks were not just cosmetic.
“The walls are actually sinking. The sinking wall can even be a safety hazard as it may collapse and cause injury. We have consulted an engineering company and we have confirmed that the cracks were caused by lack of structural foundation when the walls were built,” the letter stated.
However, their letter was apparently ignored because the developer did not contact any of the house owners.
Left with no choice, one of the residents, Wong Shian Long, approached Chong, who then set up a meeting with the developer on July 19.
“If not for Chong, the developer wouldn’t even want to take our calls, let alone meet us. I have lived in Mutiara for at least eight years, and I have been begging the developer to look into those cracks since six years ago,” lamented Wong.
According to Chong, the meeting in July went well with the developer pledging to send engineers within two weeks and rectify the problems faced by the residents within two months.
Three months on, the developer has taken no serious effort to solve the issue as of yesterday.
Chong said many residents told him that the developer did send some ‘young trainees’ to walk around the gated community but they did not enter any house to check the cracked and sinking walls.
“All that the residents want is for the developer to resolve the problem. You cannot just leave them high and dry. They gave the developer a chance by not going to the press but went to meet them in July. Yet nothing was done.”
He said he would write another letter to the developer as well as the Ministry of Housing as the next course of action, if the developer continued to remain deaf to the complaints.
TheBorneoPost October 24,2016

从“梦想房屋”变“破裂房屋” 26住宅围墙倾斜陷龟裂

转载自 诗华日报

张健仁抨符祥威 为何捍卫马银行?

转载自 诗华日报

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Chong questions budget speech silence on corruption

It’s not about how much is given in the Budget, it’s about how it’s being used, says Sarawak DAP chairman.

PETALING JAYA: Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen has questioned why leakages of budget allocations had not been addressed when the Prime Minister, Najib Razak, tabled the 2017 Budget yesterday.
He said there was no point in talking about billions in allocations when as much as 60 per cent might end up in the private pockets of corrupt officers and politicians.
“Yet, Najib completely ignores these problems in his budget speech,” he said today.
Recently anti-corruption officials alleged that as much as RM2 billion could have been siphoned off in leakages from a total of RM3.3 billion in federal allocations for the Sabah Water Department.
Chong said the Sabah Water case had changed the focus from how much money was being allocated to how the allocation was being used.
He also noted that the budget allocation for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission had been cut by 14 per cent from RM251.7 million this year to RM216.2 million for next year.
He questioned why Najib had left a “complete silence” about the fight against corruption in his Budget speech. “Is he too ashamed to talk about fighting corruption or is he simply ignoring it?”
Chong also urged Sarawak MPs of the Barisan Nasional to acknowledge that there was a blatant omission of Sarawak, when compared to the budget speeches of the past three years,
It was as if Sarawak no longer mattered now that the Sarawak elections were over. He challenged Sarawak BN chairman Adenan Satem and the coalition’s 25 Sarawak MPs to vote against the 2017 Budget if they were serious about defending Sarawak’s interests.
FreeMalaysiaToday October 22,2016 

Budget unfair to Sabah, S’wak, say MPs

Bandar Kuching's Chong and Penampang's Leiking say Najib has failed to give what the two states deserve.

PETALING JAYA: An opposition MP from Sarawak and another from Sabah have alleged that their states were given short shrift in the Budget 2017 proposals.
The MP for Bandar Kuching, Chong Chieng Jen of DAP, said he regarded the reduction in allocations for Sarawak as “significant” and speculated that this was because Barisan Nasional believed it was already well entrenched in the state.
“If you look at the budget, Sarawak was not mentioned as much as it was mentioned in previous budgets,” he said.
Penampang MP Darell Leiking, a leader of the new Parti Warisan Sabah, said it was evident from the way Sabah was treated in the budget proposals that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration was refusing to recognise the state as equal in status with Peninsular Malaysia.
“Sabah is not just any state; it’s a partner state,” he said. “And in the Federal Constitution, Sabah is promised 40 per cent of the net revenue the state collects.
“We expected more from this budget, but Najib has failed to give us what we wanted.”
Chong also complained about what he said was the “total absence” of measures to combat corruption.
He said the pervasiveness of corruption in Sabah and Sarawak had deprived their citizens of economic development and the quality of life they deserved.
He cited the recent arrest of Sabah Water Department’s director, deputy director and two others for alleged corruption involving more than RM100 million.
He pointed to reports alleging that 60 per cent of the funds allocated to the department were pocketed by government officials and that more than RM3 billion meant to improve water supply in Sabah were not used for the public’s benefit.
FreeMalaysiaToday  October 22,2016

The Worst Budget Ever

The 2017 Budget is the worst ever budget of the country and also the worst of all Budgets for Sarawak. For the sake of the country and also for Sarawak, the 25 Sarawak BN MPs must vote against the Budget.

There is no point for the Sarawak BN to complain about the neglect of Sarawak in the annual budgets and yet continue to support the Budgets in the Parliament. That is hypocrisy of the highest degree and also deceit against the people of Sarawak.

The 2016/17 Economic Report tabled in Parliament today together with the 2017 Budget reveals that the Government’s actual revenue collected in 2016 fall far short of its initial estimates.

In 2016 Budget initially tabled by Najib in October, 2015, the estimates revenue of the Government was RM225.7 billion. This estimates revenue was reviewed downward to RM212.6 billion. This is a downward revision of RM13.1 billion, a 5.8% drop from its initial estimates.

Despite this downward economic trend, the Government is still making an estimate of 3.4% increase in 2017 revenue. This is a most unrealistic and self-deceiving estimates.

The lower than expected revenue collection in 2016 also explains the phenomena that a lot of the promised allocation and announcements by the Government in 2016 were not followed up with actual fund being allocated and disbursed, eg. the promised allocation for Chinese schools, the unreasonable delay in the disbursement of fund for government projects announced, the lack of maintenance of the facilities in hospitals, the non-starter of the Sarawak General Hospital multi-storey carpark projects, the delay in Pan Borneo Highway projects, etc.

In short, the National coffer is running dry and the Government is finding it difficult to get the money to implement the projects that it announced or promised.

The 2017 Budget has also set the record-low percentage in Development Fund, with 81.7% of the total expenditure of RM262.8 billion going to Operating Expenditure and only 18.3% for Development Expenditure.

There is complete silence on the fight against corruption in Najib’s Budget speech and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) gets a massive 14% cut in its budget in year 2017, from the 2016 budget allocation of RM251.7 million to RM216.2 million in year 2017. Is Najib too ashamed to talk about fighting corruption? Or is he simply ignoring the fight against corruption in the country?

In light of the recent Sabah Water Gate corruption which revealed that out of a total RM3.3 billion allocation, the leakage could be as high as RM2 billion (60%), the ultimate issue in our Budget is no longer “how much is the allocation”, but rather “how the allocation is to be used?”

So long as the corruption and leakage problems are not addressed, there is no point talking about billions of allocation when as high as 60% of such allocation goes into the private pockets of the corrupt officers and politicians. Yet, Najib completely ignores these problems in his budget speech.

As for Sarawak, if we were to compare the Federal Budgets for the last three years, there is a conspicuous omission of Sarawak in the 2017 Budget address. It is as if now that Sarawak Elections are over, “Sarawak” no longer warrants the emphasis in the Budget.

Despite all the Adenan’s talk about “Whatever they (West Malaysia) have, we (Sarawak) also want”, it is not happening with the Barisan Nasional Government. It has not happened for the past 53 years and it is still not happening in the 2017 Budget.

Therefore, if Adenan and the 25 Sarawak BN MPs is serious about defending and fighting for Sarawak’s interest, they should vote against the 2017 Budget.

Chong Chieng Jen
MP for Bandar Kuching / ADUN for Kota Sentosa
DAP Sarawak Chairman

2017年财政预算案 史上最糟财政预算案













“最大的问题在于,国阵如此的不断歧视砂州的发展,但砂州国阵的国会议员却还是不断的在国会里支持国阵如此的不公平政策和财政拨款。 阿德南的牢骚,到底是国阵巫统的耳边风,还是阿德南和纳吉其实是在合演一齣戏给砂州人民看爽罢了?”


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sorry or No Sorry?

The SUPP President refused to apologise for SUPP's MP supporting the constitutional amendment in 1976 that downgraded Sarawak to one of the 13 States instead of one of the regions in Malaysia. On the other hand, its Secretary-General apologises for it.

Who represents the party's official stand of SUPP?
Is this another of SUPP's trick to fool Sarawakians?
It also goes to show that it is the so-called local parties that have sold out Sarawak's right all these years and they are still doing it by supporting all the UMNO's policies.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

首长指示国阵议员反对 火箭5议员义务监督


 《转载自 诗华日报》

张健仁:联邦何时归还砂20%石油税? 国阵政府拒答

张健仁于今期的国会下议院会议,提呈一个口头提问,询问有关砂州政府要求归还20% 石油天然气开采税予砂州的谈判,目前进展如何,而联邦政府将于几时才会归还20%的石油天然气开采税予砂州。

张氏透露,国会下议院议长于今期开会的第一天,就以书函驳回张氏的问题,不允许张氏提出有关问题。 议长给予的理由是,目前正有涉及石油开采税的案件,正在法庭审讯,张氏的问题有可能会影响法庭的裁决(sub-judice),因此不被允许在国会提问。

张氏指出,目前唯一涉及石油开采税在法庭审讯的案件就只是吉兰丹州政府起诉国油和联邦政府的案件。 不管大家用什么角度去看它,部长在国会下议院回答有关砂州和联邦政府20%石油开采税谈判的问题,部长的回答怎样都不会影响该案件的判决。

“议长所给的理由根本就是荒谬和不能成立的理由。 砂州政府和联邦政府针对20%石油开采税的谈判,和吉兰丹州政府起诉国油和联邦政府的案件,两者没有相干,针对前者的问题所作出的答案,不会也不能影响法庭法官针对后者的判决。”

张氏也透露,其实,吉兰丹州政府是于2010年入禀法庭起诉国油,之后联邦政府也介入该案件。 目前该案件还未结束。 而,在砂州议会一致议决追讨20%石油天然气开采税之后,起初部长还有在国会下议院针对该砂州议会的这项议决和20%开采税的问题给予回答。



张氏深表遗憾,阿德南在砂州时,讲话讲得很大声,表现的非常英勇,但是,一到了西马布城,他和他之前的几任首长一样,立刻就变成对巫统温顺无比,千依百顺。 也因为这样,他也无法针对砂州一种要求归还20%石油天然气开采税的诉求,交出任何成绩。

“砂州议会通过追讨20%开采税的动议轰动一时,阿德南也借此制造了2年的假希望哄骗了砂州人民。 2年过后,增加1%的开采税都没有,更甭说增加15%至20%。 阿德南对此事也不再提出了。 更甚的是,如今这问题连在国会也都不被允许提出了!”


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

'What court case' asks Sarawak MP over rejected oil royalty question

DAP Bandar Kuching parliamentarian Chong Chieng Jen said it was ridiculous for the Dewan Rakyat speaker to turn down his question on Sarawak's demand for 20 percent oil and gas royalties.

Chong said that the reason given - that the question may prejudice an ongoing court case - was too far fetched.

"The only ongoing court case about oil royalty is the case between Kelantan against Petronas and the federal government.

"Whatever that case may be, there is no way an answer to the status of negotiation between Sarawak and federal government on oil and gas royalty will affect or prejudice the outcome of that case.

"The reason given by the Speaker in rejecting my question is most absurd and baseless," said Chong in a statement.

He said he had earlier submitted a question requesting an update on the status of the negotiation between the federal government and Sarawak, on the latter’s demand for 20 percent oil and gas royalties.

However, he said that yesterday, he received a letter from the Dewan Rakyat Speaker disallowing his question, the reason given was that the question may prejudice an ongoing court case.

"How can an update report on the negotiation between Sarawak and the federal government affect the court’s decision in a case between the Kelantan and the federal government?

"In fact, the Kelantan Government’s case against the Federal Government started in 2010."

Chong said that after the Sarawak state assembly passed the resolution to demand 20 percent oil and gas royalties in 2014, he was still able to get updates on the matter from the minister in charge in Parliament.

"It was only later when Sarawak could not get the federal government to concede on the 20 percent oil and gas royalties demand that ministers started to refuse answering my question," he said, wondering if the federal government had something to hide.

Chong, who is also state DAP chief questioned if Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem's "hard talk and tough-guy position" on Sarawak autonomy would amount to anything, as he cannot even deliver the unanimous resolution of the Sarawak state assembly on the 20 percent royalty.

"The whole issue is now not even mentioned by Adenan anymore and no one is now allowed even to question it in Parliament," said Chong.

Sarawak autonomy had been the main focus of Adenan's campaign during the last state election, a stand which even had the tacit support of DAP and state opposition parties, despite being on opposite sides of the political divide.

It was this sentiment that carried the unanimous support for the 20 percent oil royalty motion in 2014.

Though DAP and state opposition parties had been quick to pounce on anything that made it seemed like Adenan was not living up to his end of the bargain, to pressure the federal government to accede to the demand.


针对伊党主席哈迪阿旺,即将在本周的国会提呈伊刑法私人法案一事,人联主席沈桂贤于10月一日表示,已如巫统部长拿督东姑安南所说的 “已达成公识”,但却不敢公布共识的内容,只含糊说,“立场一如即往,将带入党常务会议中探讨”。吊诡的是,至今也没公布党常务会议探讨的定案,对这项人民至关重要的课题,人联为何扭扭捏捏,不敢明言表态,民主行动党实旦宾支部宣传秘书沈瑶瑟表示费解。

沈瑶瑟说,跟据新闻档案记载,人联对伊刑法等回教课题的立场,都是,在人民面前反对,在内阁,在国会,在国阵成员党制定政策过程中,俯顺巫统的策略和立场。假如还是 “一如即往的立场”那是很可悲的。 不过,最近砂人本土政党声浪高唱,尽管民意反对伊刑法的立场,坚决一致,人联还是要就等土保党开绿灯,人联党所做所为至今仍然只是在扮演随从的角色,所以说今日的人联与过去的人联没有什么不一样。



实际上过去53年来,在人联有份的州政府同意下,西马人早已长驱直入在管理砂州,何须等行动党引进? 砂拉越公共服务领域,部门首长,关联公司(如国油公司)高级职员,多由西马人担任。阿德南首长, 过去两年一直在争取行政权下放,大多数还处于差商阶段,事实证明西马人还在控制和管理砂州,不轻易放手,身为一党中央宣教,对巫统主导的国阵,侵犯砂州行政主权的事竟如此无知,说出这样傻话,自爆肤浅丑态。


在今年州选前,一马丑闻促使西马巫统分裂,首相纳吉要依靠砂拉越议席保政权,又见砂民争取自主权高潮迭起,不得不对砂首长阿德南示好,下放一部分行政权,提高阿德南声望,助阿德南州选大胜。赢得阿德南报以天长地久的支持。于是才有今时今日大胆放行哈迪阿旺提呈私人的修改伊刑罚法法案。使哈迪阿旺要改变马来西亚世俗国,建立回教国的进程,跨前一大步, 砂首长阿德南是否让首相纳吉如愿以尝, 或下令砂拉越国会议员反对伊州州法,且看来届国会来分解。


Monday, October 17, 2016

Chong to plead to Maybank HQ not to close MJC branch

KUCHING: DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen will write to Maybank headquarters to urge them to defer their decision to relocate their branch at MJC commercial centre this Nov 7.
In a press statement, Chong said the branch was the only Maybank branch for the Batu Kawa area, and its relocation would cause great inconvenience to businesses and residents.
“The existence of a bank office in any area is a sign of development, and it is crucial for economic development. Maybank’s branch is not only to provide service but also to attract businesses and help stimulate economic activities in the area,” said Chong, who is also Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman.
He said the biggest irony was that Batu Kawa assemblyman Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian had repeatedly claimed he would bring development to Batu Kawa, yet less than half a year after his election, Maybank is closing its operation in Batu Kawa.
“SUPP is incapable of defending and fighting for the economic rights and benefits of the people of Sarawak.”
He also said Dr Sim—who is SUPP president, a senator and a minister—cannot even help keep Maybank branch in Batu Kawa.
“How else can he fight for greater economic benefit for the people of Sarawak? It just goes to show that in the formulation of national economic policies, SUPP is just a negligible and dispensable factor, totally not in the policy-making process.”
On another note, Chong said the closure of the MJC Maybank branch together with other branches nationwide indicated that the country’s economy was entering into very difficult times.
He said a bank is the prime moving force for and representative of any economy, and when bank starts to scale down its operation, it means the economy was shrinking.
TheBorneoPost October 7 ,2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

马来亚银行分行关闭 张健仁:致函要求重新检讨

 张健仁表示,马来亚银行MJC分行的关闭,将对MJC商业中心和整个石角地区上的人民和商家造成极大的不便。 因,从MJC延石角路直上,就只有MJC这间马来亚银行分行。 它的关闭,对这地区的人民,将带来极大的不便。

张氏指出,银行是一个地区发展的象征,也是一个地区经济发展的一个重要环节。 马来亚银行是马来西亚第一大银行。 它的分行不只是提供服务给附近的商家和居民,也有助于吸引更多的商家到附近营业,因而协助刺激当地的经济活动。

“让人感到极为讽刺的是,人联党主席沈桂贤口口声声说他的中选,将带动石角区的经济发展。 如今,沈桂贤在石角区中选还不到半年,整个石角选区仅有的马来西亚第一大银行的分行,也关掉了。”



1. 马来西亚的经济将开始进入严寒时期。 银行是经济动脉的主轴,也是整体经济的缩影。 当银行开始缩小其营业时,这就表示整体经济也在萎缩了。

2. 国阵政府不但没有对国家制造有利于人民经济的条件,其1MDB的丑闻、失控的黑金流出马来西亚(全世界排行第3)、GST实施对整个消费市场的打击、沙巴令人咂舌的贪污案、纳吉个人的许多负面形象等,加剧我国经济的败坏。 砂国阵继续支持巫统,只会对马来西亚,包括砂州人民带来更糟的经济情况。

3. 今天马来西亚经济的萎缩,是国阵政策的长期贪污滥权所造成的。 原本应该给予人民发展的钱,却进入贪官的私人口袋。 区区一、两个沙巴水务局的官员,就可以坐拥5000万令吉的现钞在家里,更何况其他更大的政府部门或部长级人马。 今天人民的经济困境,就是因为这些贪污滥权的国阵政策所造成的,而砂国阵和人联党就是这些贪污滥权的帮凶。

4. 人联党所谓的本土政党,根本无法捍卫本土人民的经济权益。 人联党的主席沈桂贤,身为一位上议院、州部长、石角区州议员,连石角区仅有的马来亚银行的分行也保不住,又如何为砂州人民争取更大的权益。 这证明,人联党在全国经济的决策中,根本无能左右决策者的意愿,是个可有可无,无关痛痒的小角色。

Friday, October 14, 2016

张健仁:工程落后36% 医院建费超额230%


民主行动党古晋市国会议员兼哥打圣淘沙州议员指出,法迪拉于今年二月还向外界公布该工程“进展顺利”(progressing smoothly)。 一个“进展顺利”的工程,为何会在短短的8个月后,工程进度竟然落后36%?

“到底是法迪拉对其部门所管制的工程根本不知情,还是当时他是在为有关承包商掩饰问题? 无论如何,若工程部提早处理这承包商的问题,今天至少该工程不会落后36%如此严重。”

柏特拉再也医院的工程,原本预计将于今年11月竣工。 由于工程进度落后36%,工程部重新预计它将于明年6月竣工。

张氏质问,是否它将于明年6月竣工,那还是一个未知数。 但摆在眼前的是,砂州人民因此而被剥夺能在今年底就享有新政府医院的福利。


他透露,根据首相署部门于2010年所设定的指标,政府医院的建筑费包括医务器材的采购,理应介于每张病床50万令吉的平均成本。 这间柏特拉再也医院的设计,拥有300张病床。 按照这指标数额,其建筑费和采购器材的总开支,应该是大约1亿5000万令吉。

“但是,工程部将这项工程以4亿9500万令吉的价格批给Zecon 集团。 这是超出首相署部门所设定的指标的230%,或超出指标成本数额3亿4500万令吉。”

“换言之,以建这间柏特拉再也医院的数额,若工程部真的有按照首相署部门所设定的指标成本数额进行建医院的工程,同样的数额(4亿9500万令吉)可以建3个柏特拉再也医院。 但如今我们只有一间医院,而且工程还落后36%。”


有鉴于此,张氏也呼吁,法迪拉不只必须给砂州人民一个交代有关该工程落后36%的事故,而马来西亚反贪委员会也应介入调查整个工程的批工程和器材采购程序。 尤其是,在震惊全国的沙巴水务局的贪污事件发生后,人民也已开始醒觉,国阵政府工程的贪污程度,已到达了一个前所未有的严重程度。

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Minister should be held accountable for delay in the Petra Jaya Hospital project

Works Minister Fadillah Yusof should be held accountable for the gross delay in the Petra Jaya Hospital project.

As late as February, 2016, Fadillah has publicly announced that the said Petrajaya Hospital project was “progressing smoothly”.

How can a project which was “progressing smoothly” in February, 2016 becomes 36 percent behind schedule eight months later in October the same year?

Therefore, the only plausible conclusion one can have about Fadillah’s “ progressing smoothly” statement is either he did not know the work under his ministry or he was allegedly trying to cover up for the contractor at the time when he made the statement.

In either case, as the public works minister, he should be held accountable for not addressing the problem earlier, thus allowing the delay of 36 percent behind schedule.

In fact, the said project was supposed to be due for completion in November, 2016, but due to the 36 percent behind schedule factor, its completion date is now tentatively delayed till June, 2017. Whether it will be completed in June 2017 is still a big question mark. Meanwhile, we all are put to great inconvenience and deprived of the service of a new hospital as promised by the government.

In fact, given the excessive amount approved and awarded for the said hospital project, the contractor, Zecon Berhad, should complete the project ahead of schedule instead of 36 percent behind schedule.

In 2010, the Prime Minister’s Office has issued a directive on the benchmark construction costs of a government hospital which was fixed at RM500,000 per bed, inclusive of all medical equipment.

The proposed Petrajaya Hospital is a 300-bed hospital and the awarded construction costs to Zecon was RM495 million, which is RM345 million (or 230 percent) above the benchmark costs set by the Prime Minister Office.

The said contract was awarded in 2013 which was only three years after the benchmark was set. In three years’ time, inflation couldn’t be so high as to increase the costs of construction by 230 percent.

Therefore, not only must Fadillah be held accountable for the delay of the said project, but the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should also carry out an investigation on the 230 percent costs increase of the said Petrajaya Hospital project. This is especially so given the recent shocking revelation of the record-setting corruption case in Sabah Water Board.