KUALA LUMPUR, August 26 — The Petra Jaya Hospital project in Sarawak is currently in the procurement phase for bidders who have passed the pre-qualification stage, according to Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.
The deputy health minister added that the tender for the project was closed on August 7 this year.
He was answering a question raised by Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii, who had asked the health minister to state the construction status of the Petra Jaya Sarawak Hospital and Tabuan Jaya Health Clinic.
That includes the details of completion time, current plans, as well as the companies involved in the project.
Dr Yii also raised a question on the reason for the project being postponed and the tender being conducted again.
“The project is currently in the tender evaluation stage and obtainment of the letter of acceptance is scheduled in January 2021,” Dr Noor Azmi said in Dewan Rakyat during Question Time Monday.
The Petra Jaya Hospital project had been approved by the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) to be implemented under the Tenth Malaysia Plan nine years ago in 2011.
This project was carried out by the Public Works Department with the construction phase beginning on May 30, 2013 and scheduled for completion on June 30, 2018.
“However, due to unsatisfactory project progress, the Public Works Department issued a notice of contractor termination to Zecon Berhad on August 2, 2018.”
The deputy health minister said that an open tender process was carried out by the public works department to complete the balance abandoned work of Petra Jaya Hospital.
Tender briefing and site visit took place on February 12, 2019 and the tender process was closed on April 24, 2019.
“However, due to ineligible tenderers, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) decided to conduct another tender for the project by having an open tender (Pre-Qualification) among companies registered with the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and have Field Code B29 (Health Building Work), as well as a certificate of completion to carry out the previously abandoned projects,” Dr Noor Azmi added.
According to Dr Noor Azmi, the Tabuan Jaya health clinic project (Type 2) in Kuching has been approved by the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) to be implemented under the 11th Malaysia Plan in 2016 with an estimated cost of RM40 million.
An open tender by Sarawak Public Works Department was carried out for this project. The procurement process for this project has been carried out as the tender closing date was on February 25, 2019.
“However, on January 15, 2020, the Federal Central Tenders Board (FCTB) stipulated that the project be re-tendered. This was caused by the delay in obtaining the letter of agreement for the extension of the tender validity period from the successful tenderer,” Dr Noor Azmi mentioned.
The latest tender process is expected to be conducted in August 2020. The expected date to obtain a letter of acceptance for this project is in December 2020. The project is expected to be completed by 30 months.
Dr Noor Azmi also stated that MOH together with the Public Works Department and other government agencies always work closely to ensure that this project runs smoothly.