Tuesday October 25, 2011
From: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/10/25/nation/9762908&sec=nation (accessed 25 October, 2011)
PETALING JAYA: A whopping RM2.38bil in compensation claims have been filed against 12 ministries and the Prime Minister’s Department over the last five years of which RM666.98mil have been approved, the Auditor-General’s Report stated.
The approved claims involved nine ministries of the RM666.98mil, 91.5% have been paid to the contractors involved including two claims made in 1997 and 2005.
Of the two claims, one was for the building of a school at a Felda settlement in Negri Sembilan (RM1.01mil) while the other was for the construction of the Durian Tunggal-Paya Rumput-Sungai Udang Melaka road worth RM4.56mil.
On advance payment to contractors, the report stated that the total figure had reduced from RM1.75bil in 2009 to RM1.28bil at the end of last year.
However, an audit analysis on the balance of payment to contractors for last year showed that RM62.2mil had yet to be collected from 23 companies although the projects had either been completed, abandoned or was partially completed.(emphasis added)