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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

RM2b needed to cure Terengganu's 'ailing projects', claims MP

Terengganu is suffering from a "serial ill project" sickness, said an opposition MP, who claimed the bill to treat the illness will run up to RM2 billion.
Kuala Terengganu MP Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad claimed these included the Gong Badak football stadium (RM300 million), Taman Ilmu education hub in Besut (RM350 million), the Tasik Kenyir Tax Free Complex (RM350 million), and the Batu Buruk Aquatic Complex (RM30 million).
The original cost for these four abandoned projects totalled RM1.03 billion, but Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah claimed that repair works to complete them would drive up the cost to between RM1.35 billion and RM1.5 billion.
He added that the RM180 million Kuala Terengganu Specialist Hospital, which is still under construction, also required remedial work due to the alleged growth of fungus on the structures.
"The total cost of Terengganu's 'ill' projects is almost RM2 billion.
"When will Terengganu's 'serial ill project' illness end?" the Amanah MP said at a press conference in the Parliament media room today.
He hopes that when questions about these projects are asked in the Dewan Rakyat, the government can provide reasonable answers.
Last month, Higher Education Minister Idris Jusoh said that his ministry would help to revive the Taman Ilmu education hub.

Meanwhile, the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium in Gong Badak had suffered two roof collapses, once in 2009 and again in 2013.
As for the Kenyir Tax Free Complex, the opening date had been postponed continuously since 2015. Most recently, the Terengganu state government said the complex - construction began in 2010 - would be opened by July next year.
The Batu Buruk Aquatic Complex was opened in 2008, but was closed in 2014 due to various structural problems. The last news update on the complex said it would be re-opened in January this year. - Mkini

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