Anwar,”Surprised..? What about BAKUN CLAIMS..?

Its all about facts and Anwar in this Malaysiakini report said there is no need for another report. The extracted headlined,”  Anwar Ibrahim today questioned the necessity to prepare a geo-technical report on the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide  when a similar 15-year-old Highland Towers report has been on the table for all to follow. He said the comprehensive geo-technical report on the 1993 Highland Towers incident had covered all areas, including drainage system and soil erosion.It made a number of recommendations for preventive and remedial measures to avert similar incidents in future.

Anwar would also be jumping up and down if he had read this report from the and togehter with this Malaysiakini report on the landslide it is enough to spoil everyones Christmas.

The extracts in full with courtesies from the website:-

Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd, the owner of problem-plagued Bakun hydroelectric dam, has been slapped with an additional claim amounting to RM80 million from Impsa Malaysia, the supplier of four of the eight turbines that will be installed in the 2,400MW hydro plant.

Sources said that Impsa Malaysia put in the additional claims a few weeks ago and if approved, the claims for the turbine job, initially awarded at RM460 million, will amount to RM225 million.

This would mean that the cost of the four turbines that were awarded on a direct negotiated basis in 2003, a few months before Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi took office, would balloon to RM685 millon.

The job to supply and install the other four turbines was given to Alstom Malaysia. Alstom’s contract was at RM450 million and the additional claims approved are RM80 million.

The civil and electro-mechanical works for Bakun were originally supposed to have been done at RM4 billion. With the additional claims mounting due to delays, the cost is expected to surpass RM5.5 billion.

Sources said that officials in Sarawak Hidro were surprised by the latest claims of RM80 million from Impsa as they had thought that the matter has been settled after claims of RM145 million to the Argentinian-Malaysian company were agreed upon between both parties three months ago.

It is learnt that Impsa had put in the additional claims based on a new work schedule for the installation of the turbines.

“But the new schedule was not approved by Sarawak Hidro. If the latest claims are approved, it would equal to the amount in additional claims Impsa had sought from Sarawak Hidro initially and which was rejected after the issue became a matter that was even debated in parliament,” said a source.

Earlier this year, Impsa has put in additional claims amounting to RM245 million for a job of RM460 million. The amount was subsequently brought down to RM225 million. But it was still excessive as it was originally only contracted at RM460 million. The matter was brought up in Parliament and the Ministry of Finance assured that they would not entertain such an amount.

Subsequently, Sarawak Hidro offered a sum of RM145 million which was agreed upon by Impsa, say sources. It is learnt that when Impsa agreed to the RM145 million, they has reserved some rights for additional claims.

“It appears that Impsa is now exercising their rights. But it is left to be seen if Sarawak Hidro and Ministry of Finance (MoF) will entertain the claims,” said a source.

The additional RM80 million claim for Bakun Hydroelectric dam project is the latest in the series of problems plaguing the project which took off to a fresh start some six years ago. The civil works for the dam, that was originally awarded at a fixed lump sum price of RM1.8 billion has seen cost overruns of more than RM700 million.

The civil works was awarded to a consortium led by Sime Darby Bhd. It comprised a Chinese contractor and several local contractors. One reason for the cost overruns was due to problems in the soil studies.

The other major portion of cost overruns are coming from the electro-mechanical works, which is essentially the constructing, installation and commissioning of the eight turbines of 400 MW each. The work was awarded to Alstom and Impsa in 2003.

It is said that the award to Impsa was a surprise then as initially the tender was out for only four turbines and Alstom landed the job.

But subsequently the Economic Planning Unit (EPU), under Tan Sri Samsuddin Hitam then, awarded the job for the other four turbines to Impsa. Both Alstom and Impsa are seeking compensation because of delays in the implementation of Bakun.

The project was initially supposed to be completed by end of last year. But because of delays in the civil works, the dates have been pushed several times. The first turbine is expected to start generating electricity in middle of 2010.

IT’S THEIR CHOICE..What can we do..?

When PM Abdullah was asked by a journalist about PPP which will leave BN if there are no amendments to the ISA act which was aired on National TV he did not minced his words,”It’s their choice,What can we do” Even UMNO SG Tengku Adnan agreed and said together with the PM that there would be no amendments to ISA.

Malaysiakini report has also PM saying   that PPP is free to leave Barisan Nasional since the government has no intentions of amending the Internal Security Act (ISA).Recently, PPP president M Kayveas had urged the government to amend the security law before the next general elections, failing which, he warned that his party will pull out of the ruling coalition.

There was an immediate reaction from PPP Youth chief T Murugiah who expressed shock over the prime minister’s statement.”I don’t know what to say, I’m speechless and surprised by it,”

Surely this would sent shivers down to the BN component parties. In other words what PM meant was ,”enough of all the threats of leaving BN and being unhappy inside BN’s coalition. If you are capable to live outside BN go ahead.” PM must have had up to his nose on BN component parties making their views heard and also crying over all the reasons for the March 8th losses. Its time to move on and find answers to the voters turning their backs on BN. Even Gerakan and PRS were earlier rumoured to have used the tagline of “Leaving BN”. Only SAPP has since left the BN coalition. Would PPP be next..??  

Pakatan would be watching these developments with interests as they will be ready to welcome PPP provided they subsribe to the principles of Pakatan.

Anwar,”Freezing Icy Cold Water on PKR in Sarawak”

Apa lagi..? On 5th of December 2008 this Malaysiakini report basically sums it up for SUPP  Todays local tabloids it was headlined,”Dr. Chan to Stay on as SUPP President” while Malaysiakini also carried an article,”Sarawak DCM to stay despite quit promise.” The report can be read here. However we are not focussing on this issue as another headline in the local tabloid would create much more political impact than SUPP who has losts 7 seats but trying to regain the losts seats. 

We covered SUPP on this issue on 5th of December ,”Dont play play with Tycoon Ting” and in the article we mentioned the following,” even before the battle gets underway for the next State Elections, the referee has blown the final whistle for SUPP in the Kuching area to wrestle the lost seats back . It made all the Chinese tabloids and it is headline news and the POLITICAL DAMAGE IS IMMENSE. According to a political pundit SUPP would be better of swapping seats with the other BN component parties in PRS,SPDP and PBB and make it a really component consensus to help each other during their hour of need. There has been much talk that Padungan seat currently held by PKR Assemblyman Dominique Ng will be the surprise package and as one BN member would say,”IF PKR WANT CHANGE,WE WILL GIVE THEM CHANGE”

Todays Headlines in the local tabloids,”PKR not a threat to State BN” Parti Keadilan Rakyat is not a threat to the state Barsian National in the next state elctions said BN backbenchers Club president and Chief Political Secretary to CM Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Anwar this is really freezing and icy waters,” PKR has talked much about grabbing Sarawak’s seats but his is mere rhetoric.” he said when he was asked to comment on PKR’s statement published on Dec 1st in the local tabloid. In the statement PKR advisor Anwar had asked the party leadership to make weekely trips to Sarawak to realise the aim of unseating the state government.”

Karim said,” PKR’s statement is not a threat as the state BN party has its own methods to manage the seat and the people. The people’s support towards BN is still strong even in the rural areas. The BN is focussing on even reclaiming the sole PKR seat in Padungan. The oppurtunity is there and we need to work hard,”he said

Meanwhile audie 61 had many telephone calls from PKR members who were on the defensive and mosts of them said we “shall see whether Karim will eat back his words after the state elections’

Sarawak State PKR legal advisor See Chee How in this telephone interview said,” It is not going to be easy to wrest the power from BN in Sarawak.It is good that it will help PKR tremendously if PBB guys like Karim acknowledge PKRs statements but they themselves  are still in a continued STATE OF DENIAL and it will definetely help PKR’s cause.”

BN Sarawak will be well advised that PKR and their Pakatan partners are closing in on some GREY coloured constituencies and if they fail to heed the grassroots and voters voices and  it will be turn GREEN for the Pakatan group.

Sarawak might not be a level playing fields but the icy waters poured on PKR is just the right TONIC which will serve as a WAKE UP CALL FOR  ALL   ASSEMBLYMAN in their respective constituencies to be more aware and to open up to the needs of their constituents. We will keep reminding the YBs that their voters are the MASTERS of CHANGE.