Careful planning and due diligence key to incinerator projects

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The need for full and proper checks surrounding contractors involved in Government incineration projects has been highlighted following a case in Kuala Lumpur.

The country’s public accounts committee has claimed the implementation of four incinerator projects was not carried out properly by the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry.

According to New Straits Times Online it transpires that correct checks and due diligence were not carried out on the contractor before work on the project was approved.

Action should be taken against the senior officials and experts who approved XCN Technology (XCNT) Sdn Bhd to handle the job, said Datum Nur Mohamed Jazlan.

These, the article claims, included ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Arpah Abdul Razak, National Solid Waste Management Department director-general Datuk Dr Nadzri Yahya, National Solid Waste Management Technological Evaluation committee member Prof Dr Rozainee Taib of and Malaysian Industry-Government Group of High Technology principal analyst (emerging technology) Dr Sivapalan Katsiravale, and the company itself.

The ministry failed to study the incinerator projects in depth before awarding the contract to a company.

After chairing a meeting at Parliament, he added: We found that the evaluation committee examined the project based merely on proposal papers without due diligence, by visiting the pilot project in Kuala Terengganu Municipal Council as well as a prototype at UiTM Shah Alam.

The article adds that also criticised was the fact that the incinerator project went through direct negotiations instead of open tender.

Problematic incinerator projects in Langkawi, Tioman and Pangkor and in Cameron Highlands had been facing delays in completion and mismanagement of funds.

Jazlan also confirmed it was up to the government if the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission would become involved in the case.

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