Wednesday, June 17, 2015

RM180m medical faculty not fully operational despite getting permit

RAJINA DHILLONBy:
Rajina Dhillon
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UTM was advised to enhance its monitoring mechanisms to ensure projects were completed within the stipulated period



KUALA LUMPUR, June 15, 2015: 
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak’s (Unimas) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences building worth RM180.28 million was not fully operational despite having obtained the occupation permits last year on April 14 and Aug 20.
The Auditor-General’s Report also revealed that equipment worth RM11.09 million, that was obtained through a loan from Japan Bank for International Cooperation, were not used or maintained, with some assets broken.
Log books on the assets were also not updated and disposal procedures were not complied with.
“Unimas should ensure that procurements are planned properly so that all procurements, whether works/supplies/services, could be used optimally and wastage can be avoided.
“Unimas should carry out corrective and preventive maintenance on assets to ensure that they are always in good and working condition to avoid UnImas having to bear higher costs in the event of damage,” the report recommended.

In audits carried out from November to December last year and April 2015, it was found that the construction of the administration building for the Faculty of Petroleum and Renewable Energy that cost RM5.11 million was not completed.Meanwhile, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) also had weaknesses in its project management.
According to the report, it showed a delay of 301 days up to the date of audit.
UTM was advised to enhance its monitoring mechanisms to ensure projects were completed within the stipulated period.
~ The Rakyat Post

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