Completion of $39.5m Johor police HQ delayed

JOHOR BARU - The completion of the new RM103 million (S$39.5million) state police headquarters has been delayed after the troubled contractor failed to finish the project on time and is now terminated.

The project, which consists of administrative blocks, a multi-storey carpark and staff quarters, had already been delayed for 10 months as the construction, which started in 2010, was supposed to have been completed in July last year.

It is learnt that the contractor was facing problems and all the workers were directed to clear their workers' colony several weeks ago.

"They just told us that they did not have any money. I was not even compensated," said an Indonesian worker, who claimed that he was supposed to be paid RM60 per day.

He added that the company, which employed dozens of Bangladeshis and Indonesians, also failed to pay their salaries for at least two months before its contract was terminated abruptly.

"We were closely watched by security guards when we removed our belongings from the kongsi," said the worker who declined to be named.

Meanwhile, State Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad, when contacted, confirmed that the project was delayed and that the Public Works Department (JKR) had terminated the contractor.

The project, he said, would now be re-tendered to a new contractor.

Hasni added that he was puzzled over the company's inability to finish the job despite the extensions given.

"So far 56 per cent of the project has been completed.

"We also tried to help by appointing another contractor to rescue the project but that did not work out," he said, adding that such errant contractors would be blacklisted.

He added that JKR was assessing the amount that they could recoup from the company, which would also be made to pay the new contractor for the excess charges incurred to complete the project.

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