Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Kota Kinabalu International Airport job delay

Kota Kinabalu: Upgrading work on the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) - Malaysia's second busiest - is now expected to be completed by May, next year, about a year behind schedule.

A combination of delays involving Package 1 and Package 2 of the RM1.4 billion project saw the completion date initially being pushed to Dec. 15 but further delays have pushed it to May.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun was on Tuesday given a briefing by Malaysia Airports Berhad (MAB), which has called on the two contractors for the respective packages to deliver the project on time.

"But looking at the schedule, tentatively, I assume the new airport would be fully operational by the end of May (next year)," he said.

"The first package should be doing really well despite hiccups. As you know it took some time for the Royal Sabah Turf Club (RSTC) to move out and it has held up a lot of work but now they (MAB) have been able to take possession of the site and (allow the contractor) continue with that part of the job. The other contractor will do likewise."

Masidi said MAB had met with both contractors "who were not at the full speed of work at this point of time" to find out further reasons for the delay.

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