Work on stalled
project to resume next week
02/02/2004 The Star By SIRA HABIBU
Work on the stalled Sri Bayu low-cost apartment
project in Bayan Lepas, Penang, should resume next week, Deputy
Chief Minister Datuk Dr Hilmi Yahaya said.
He said a temporary stop work order had to be imposed after a group
of disgruntled people created havoc at the work site recently.
“We are actively negotiating with the disgruntled former
subcontractor who were not paid by the main contractor after the
latter went bankrupt.
“The former subcontractor is not happy when the project developer,
JKP (Bumi-putera Steering Committee), appointed a new contractor
three weeks ago to finish the job, as the project was 95%
completed,” he said, adding that the project which was initiated in
1990 was abandoned after the main contractor went bankrupt.
Dr Hilmi said this after witnessing the 110.74m long sago banner
created by 40 students of Universiti Sains Malaysia School of
Industrial Technology that made it into the Malaysia Book of
Dr Hilmi said the former sub-contractor wanted JKP to pay RM3.7mil
owed to them by the main contractor.
He added that it was not fair to the buyers of the 730 apartment
units if the project was stalled further, “and the project is
already 95% completed.”
“I prefer to settle this problem through negotiations, rather than
taking it to court as it would take a longer time to be resolved,”
he said, adding that if negotiations went well by next week the
project could be completed in one month.