Star Online Sunday, June 14th 2009 reports of the alleged corruption of three UMNO politicians including a Senator (who could they be?), that are being investigated over the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2), for structural cracks that appeared to the pillars of the elevated highway in 2004. Repairs to the pillars had cost the government an additional RM70 million. Costs for the construction of the 1.7 km stretch was RM 239 million.
I have been told that the construction industry in the country is the most corrupt industry, and it is no surprise that many projects have failed due to the high incidence of corruption that permeates right down, to the filing clerks and even dispatch boys. And if people as low as filing clerks and dispatch boys are involved, it is not unusual to find that politicians are the biggest culprits, and their unsavoury deals are in the millions. This seems to be the norm; hence I am told that contractors are forced to add on to the cost of the project, simply to cater for these dastardly scheming politicians, clerks and dispatch boys who lined themselves up for a cut in the deal.
Contractors in their greed to maximise profits will then have to 'cut corners' by providing sub standard construction materials, shoddy plastering works and cheap fixtures. I did voice a similar concern regarding the newly constructed Armed Forces Transit Camp, in an article titled 'Delays in construction projects for Armed Forces' posted on 28 May, 2009, where I noted that the buildings appears to have several defects, and the plastering works and shoddy finishings are much to be desired. Only a blind fool would not have noticed such obvious discrepancies in the construction, paid out of tax payers money.
The much debated Port Klang Free Zone is to date the worst construction and financial mismanagement the country have ever experience, and no announcement has been made yet by the government, as to who should shoulder the blame. We will all have to wait and watch when the PKFZ issue is sure to come under intense debate in Parliament tomorrow, after a two-and-a- half months parliamentary recess.This debate will be a test for our newly branded PM Datuk Seri Najib and his newly appointed Cabinet in facing a much stronger and determined opposition.
We also need to watch the outcome of the investigation on the RM 270 million brand new Trengganu stadium that collapse, and will there be politicians involved in this outrageous construction fiasco. This issue has somewhat simmered down, giving the impression that the lost of RM 270 is not a big deal to the cash rich Trengganu state government. Or is the MACC in a fix to complete the investigations speedily?
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION