Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 3.12.2011.
The construction works of multi-storey car park at foot of Penang Hill were physically completed in Mar 2011. However, it could not be opened to public. Certificate of Compliance and Completion (CCC) could not be issued and plan approval could not be obtained from Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP). Major reasons being, the construction was not in compliance to minimum requirements stipulated in MPPP guidelines.
Ceiling value allocated for this project amounting RM5Million to provide one hundred and twelve (112) numbers of car parks and six (6) numbers of bus parking area. This four (4) storey car park at a total build-up area of 69,991.30 square feet was part of the ministry’s RM73Million Penang Hill Funicular Train upgrading project, under budgetary of RMKe-9.
In September 2007, Penang State Government, through Tourism Post-Exco Meeting assigned Penang Development Corporation (PDC) as implementation agency to JKR, whom was originally assigned to implement this multi-storey car park project. Formal award of contractor by PDC on behalf of Jawatan Kuasa Perolehan Persekutuan (Federal Tender Board Committee) headed by Federal government officer Nik Ali Mat Yunos to DTE Construction Sdn. Bhd was made in 22 July 2009. Date of contractual commencement of work on 10 August 2009. With fourteen (14) months of construction period, date of completion was scheduled on 09 October 2010.
Penang State Inquiry Board(Board)
Following a decision by the Penang state EXCO at the end of September 2011, the Penang State Inquiry Board was formed by Penang State Secretary office on 29th September 2011 to investigate the controversial multi-storey car park at the foot of Penang Hill. The Penang State Inquiry Board Panel Committee is chaired by Professor Sr. Omar bin Munir, Head of Department, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Built Environment, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman; supported by Ar. Lawrence Lim, Malaysian Institute of Architects (Northern Chapter) Chairman and Ir. Lim Kok Khong, Institution of Engineers Malaysia (Northern Branch) former Chairman. The terms of reference are as follows:-
-Identify weaknesses in the implementation of the above captioned project and determine the ones responsible for the weaknesses in the project
-Propose actions to be taken
-Provide an independent viewpoint for solutions to rectify the problems
The Board’s Report was handed over to the State government on competed on 9 November 2011. The Board stated that those responsible for the weaknesses over layout and building plan design shall be the competent person entrusted by the Board of Architect Malaysia, looking after public’s interest.
In this case, the professional architect for the project is Ar. Khairil Faizi bin Abdul Majid. An architect is responsible in translating building requirements into practical reality, with the first obligation looking after public’s interest.
The Board also mentioned in passing that the tender drawing was issued with plan without approval. The ones responsible for the weaknesses over the tender stage shall be the Superintendent Officer Ir. Haji Mohd. Radzi bin Haji Othman. However the principal person responsible is the person who signed all the relevant design plans ie the architect.
Amongst the failures highlighted were:-
1. Physical commencement of work proceeds without obtaining plan approval
2. Documentation flow not in order
3. Latest drawing not transmitted to site for implementation
4. Clerk of Work (COW) without relevant trade experience
5. Dimension Error identified but not followed through
6. Design Error identified during construction not being rectified immediately but instructed to proceed instead
7. The ones responsible for the weaknesses over the construction stage shall be the architect above defined.
The recommendation in order of preference from the Inquiry Panel:
1. To demolish, redesign, reconstruct the entire building for 300 car parks at a cost of between RM 5.5 million RM 6.75 million;
2. To localize demolition, redesign, reconstruct at ramps area only at a cost of RM 1.5 million which would result in reducing the number of car parks from 112 to 96.
3. To localize demolition on ramps area only, replaced with Vehicular Lift.
The state government through our State EXCO meeting on 1.12.2011 has decided to adopt the preferred recommendation made by the Inquiry Panel to demolish, redesign and reconstruct the entire car-park building taking and increase the number of parking from 112 to 300 lots with Split-Level Ramps.
The cost impact for a 300 lots car-park will be RM25,000.00 per parking lot. However the average cost per parking lot after taking the demolished cost of RM4.3 million into consideration shall be RM39,000.00 as compare to spending a RM1.5 million rectifying the ramps to have 96 lots resulting RM60,000.00 per lot.
The whole project or rebuilding the car park shall take at least 15 months to complete. The State EXCO has also endorsed the decision by the PDC Board to act on the Board’s Report and take all necessary action against those responsible as mentioned in the report. The architect mentioned in the report has been dismissed and further action including a complaint to the Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia and possible civil action.
Lim Guan Eng
—- Mandarin Translation—-
槟州政府在2009年9月，通过槟州旅游发展委员会委任槟州发展机构（PDC）作为公共工程局（原本进行工程的单位）的执行单位，并由槟州联邦发展官聂阿里代表联邦招标委员会在2009年7月22日颁发工程给予DTE Construction Sdn. Bhd，合约于2009年8月10日生效，有14个月的施工期，完工日期是2010年10月09日。
委员会在2011年11月9日移交调查报告予州政府，报告指须为图测缺点负起责任的人应该是由马来西亚绘测师局（Board of Architect）所认可的，以照顾公众利益。
4. 在没有贸易经验的情况下进行建设监督 (COW)