This recent news tells of how the contractor responsible for the upgrade of the hospital is totally not up to mark. Poor quality work and incorrect specifications caused the health services provided to be affected. What a waste of tax payer money.
PETALING JAYA: The upgrading of Sultanah Nora Ismail Hospital in Batu Pahat was not in accordance with contract specifications, according to the latest Auditor-General’s report for 2014.
As a result, said the report, the work done was of such poor quality that the delivery of health services was adversely affected.
It said four units of lifts costing RM2.03 million were not designed and installed as specified, resulting in difficulties in transporting Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds.
The report cited many other weaknesses in the management of the project, including a delay of 90 days in completing it, the appointment of an inexperienced contractor which affected the quality of construction, and the high cost of transportation services.
Sejagat Bakti Sdn Bhd, the contractor for the upgrading works, was appointed through direct negotations.
The agreement between the Public Works Department and Sejagat Bakti was signed in October 2008. It stipulated that the project was supposed to be completed on December 12, 2010.