KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 – The Ministry of Health (MOH) has 12 construction projects, as of February 28 this year, classified as “sick” projects, meaning that physical progress is late by 20 per cent or 60 days off schedule.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told Senator Dr Wan Martina Wan Yusoff, in a written Dewan Negara reply on March 22, that the progress of the projects was being monitored by the MOH and the Public Works Department (JKR) through various periodic meetings on site and at the highest management level.
Khairy said JKR, as the implementing agency, can take several actions against the contractor including closely monitoring the progress of the project, issue a delay notice for the slow work progress, impose daily LAD (liquidated ascertained damages) fines, or terminate the contractor’s services and appoint a rescue contractor to take over the project.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Mustapa Mohamed had earlier identified a total of 160 “sick” construction projects nationwide, of which 92 were being monitored by the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) of the Prime Minister’s Department.
Mustapa said out of the 92 projects, 41 projects had been successfully restored to the implementation plan, while 51 others were in the rehabilitation phase.
Mustapa said a total of 6,755 projects under development expenditure had been approved for the year 2022 under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) with an allocation of RM75.6 billion. Of that total, about 5,400 projects were continuation projects from the 11MP.