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Friday, July 14, 2017

Stop denying the undeniable, Fadillah tells Penang govt

The works minister says compared to what the JKR recently paid for pre-construction consulting fees for a project in Johor, the Penang government's consultancy fees for the three roads project is exorbitant.
Datuk-Fadillah-Yusof-penangPETALING JAYA: The Penang government has been urged to “stop denying the undeniable” over the exorbitant consultancy fees for the three roads project.

Works Minister Fadillah Yusof said the Public Works Depart­­ment (JKR) recently paid RM19 million in total for pre-construction consulting fees for a paired road highway project in Jo­­hor.
He compared this with the exorbitant consultancy fees for the three roads project in Penang.
“The fees comprise all required services and include the fees for all surveys, soil investigation, preliminary environmental impact assessment and all civil, structural, electrical and mechanical designs,” The Star quoted Fadillah as saying.
He said the RM19 million of pre-construction consulting cost represents 2.67% of RM718,570,500 for roads totalling 30km in length.
He added that in accordance with the Board of Engineers Malaysia’s (BEM) guidelines, not all of the fees for the project were paid before construction began as a quarter of the payment was withheld for the tendering and construction stages.
“Compare this to the total RM220 million pre-construction fees that was already fully paid by the Penang government, which represented 11.06% of the RM1.99 billion construction cost for the three roads totalling 20km in length and has yet to start construction despite a three-and-a-half-year delay,” Fadillah said.
The three paired roads are meant to be the traffic dispersal system of Penang’s proposed undersea tunnel project.
The cost of the consultation fees for the three paired roads has been a point of contention between the state and federal government, whereby the latter says that the Penang government has significantly overpaid the fees.
The Penang government has maintained that the fees paid is not excessive. - FMT

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