6 August 2013
While the termination of the sub-contractor for the baggage handling system (BHS) at klia2 in Sepang may cause further delays in the completion of the new low-cost carrier terminal, a source close to the matter thinks not, saying a new contractor has already been appointed to complete the job.
About 70-80% of the BHS has been completed to date.
Last Friday, Malaysian AE Models Holdings Bhd said its subsidiary Matromatic Handling Systems (M) Sdn Bhd, which is under receivership, has had its contract for the BHS terminated.
The reason for the termination was not given. The source, however, told SunBiz yesterday that the termination was directly related to Matromatic’s financial troubles.
It is understood that Matromatic no longer had the resources to secure material needed for the completion of the project.
"No further delays are expected though, as Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has been tracking the situation at Matromatic for a while now and was prepared for it," the source said.
The new contractor for the job is not known. In June this year MAHB had announced that the opening of klia2 would be delayed until May 2, 2014, mainly due to a setback in the construction of the RM997.2 million main terminal by the contractor, a joint venture (JV) between UEM Construction Sdn Bhd and Bina Puri Holdings Bhd.
The JV is said to have completed 93% of the job.
The May 2 date is one given by the JV company, which faces a fine of liquidated and ascertained damage (LAD) of about RM200,000 per day for its delay, invoked since June 16, 2013.
Last week, a briefing by Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi to update the media on klia2, which was supposed to be held on Friday, was cancelled at the last minute with no reason given.
Abdul Aziz chairs the special committee set up by the ministry to monitor the construction progress of klia2.