8 July 2013
The Transport Ministry has set up a committee to ensure that the long-delayed Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) project will be operational by March next year, Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein said.
Hishamuddin said the special committee led by deputy minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi will make sure the new deadline for operations of the low-cost carrier terminal will be met.
“Further delays are unacceptable. Under my watch, we will make sure that the new deadline will be met. To ensure this, I have decided to form a special taskforce to monitor the project,” he said when visiting the project site last Friday.
Hishamuddin also said the committee will explain to the public why the RM4 billion terminal is delayed and keep a close watch on the 43 contractors involved in the project. The committee will also investigate the increased job specifications that has been blamed for the cost overruns for the project.
“From today onwards the reason for the delays will be communicated better as the public has the right to know,” he said.
The klia2 project has been delayed for five times from September 2011, the initial opening date. Hishamuddin said it would be unfair to blame on all 43 contractors of the project for the cost overrun and delays but added that it may not be necessary to form an audit committee to investigate.
“I don? think right now there is a need for an audit yet, just that the delays and so on were not communicated well to the public.
“If the special committee did not meet its target, there might be a need for an audit committee,” he said. Last Wednesday, the ministry told the Dewan Rakyat that the klia2 delay did not leave any financial impact on Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB).
In early June, MAHB announced that it will bill the main contractors UEMCBinapur i JV just under RM200,000 per day for each day that the terminal building does not meet the deadline.
MAHB has issued the certificate of non-completion pertaining to the matter given that the contractors failed to complete their work by the approved deadline which is June 15.