Kuantan court complex building delay raised cost by $7.32m

Kuantan court complex building delay raised cost by $7.32m

The construction of a court complex in Kuantan was delayed for 560 days, incurring an additional RM19.56 million (S$7.54 million).

Located in Bandar Indera Mahkota, the court complex which originally cost RM157mil, was meant to replace the old building in Jalan Masjid, Kuantan.

According to the 2013 Auditor-General's Report, the project began in July 2009 with a contract period of 78 weeks but it was only completed in July 2012.

The report noted that there were 275 defects found in the complex during its defect liability period, which had yet to be fixed.

"The construction design was not suitable or practical. It did not comply with contract specifications and drawings.

"There were differences between the As-Built Drawings and the actual construction while the furniture and equipment were not placed in the proper location."

Furthermore, there was zero-maintainence during its defect liability period.

Feedback from the Public Works Department showed that 41 of these defects were critical as it could affect the functionality and security aspects of the complex.

The defects included an array of architectural, design, structural, mechanical and electrical aspects.

The Prime Minister's Department, in a reply dated March 3, explained that the contractor had fixed the defects within the defect liability period, which ended in October last year.

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