JOHOR BARU: Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today gave his assurance that his ministry will monitor the progress of the Johor police headquarters which has halted after the contractors appointed to complete the project were blacklisted by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) last February.
Zahid told a Press conference at the project site that the RM72.8 million development was expected to be completed in 2012. However, due to technical reasons, the contractor was unable to complete the project.
Zahid said there is now no more compromise, and has set August 3 next year as the targeted date for completion of the project which comprise administrative blocks, a multi – storey car park and housing quarters.
“I will be monitoring the project every month, and will personally come to the site again to ensure that there is no further delay,” he said.
The project has halted twice since the construction works began in 2010, and the last contractor managed to complete only two per cent of the works before they were terminated last February and immediately blacklisted by CIDB.
“Now that the Home Ministry and police have tasked the Public Works Department (PWD) to appoint a new contractor, we hope that we can forget the past, and look at this as a new chapter,” Zahid said, adding there are three other ailing police headquarters development projects nation-wide which needed revival.
Zahid said this after a 20-minute closed-door briefing with police officials and Public Works Department officials. Also present was outgoing Johor police chief Datuk Seri Mokhtar Shariff.