Delayed. The Maskat road still under construction as at 8 November 2012. (Photo: AG Report 2012)

Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) and the Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) should clean up their act, according to the Auditor-General (AG) 2012 reports.

The AG reports release to public yesterday said BDA, entrusted to carry out basic infrastructure development projects at Samalaju Industrial Park in particular had failed to implement several projects, while others still being delayed.

An Audit review dated December 2012 found that 9 out of 14 projects had completed, 3 projects delayed and 2 projects yet to be implemented. The delayed projects were: sewage treatment plant, sewerage channel, and roads construction.

Samalaju water treatment plant still under construction as at 7 Nov 2012. (Photo: AG Report 2012)

The report also highlighted several other weaknesses from ‘poor work quality’ to ‘improper management of procurement’ by the state government agencies.

The AG told the Regional Corridor of Development Authority (Recoda) and Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) to enhance collaboration in order to improve their performance to overcome the issue of delay and poor works quality.

“Recoda and BDA should prioritise securing funding for development of basic infrastructure and utilities,” says Auditor General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang in his report.

Project Performance as at end of December 2012 (AG Report 2012)

Samalaju Industrial Park is located some 60km from Bintulu town covering 8,000 hectares of land at Simalajau.

The industrial park basic infrastructure development work is divided into five phases spanning from the year 2008 to 2020.

Despite the weaknesses, the AG report given BDA and Recoda overall performance a ‘satisfactory’ mark – mainly for attracting investment totalling RM21.19 billion through 11 MIDA’s (Malaysian Investment Development Authority) approved projects and created 11,679 job opportunities for both locals and foreigners.