RM 160 million for 300 computer labs in Sabah – only 2 completed

The RM160.74 million project in Sabah for building and equipping 300 computer labs for primary and secondary schools has failed miserably. Only 2 computer labs have been completed and handed over to the Ministry of Education.

Computer labs in Sabah? (fromAuditor General report 2010

The project was awarded to TimeCom Holdings Sdn Bhd and is supposed to last for 18 months from Oct 31, 2006 to Apr 30, 2008. After prolonged delays, only 2 of the labs were completed as of 2010 with the others in various stages of construction. Despite this appalling delays and shoddy work by the contractor, RM98.90 million of the RM113.74 million total construction cost has been paid!

Even though most of the computer labs have not been completed, the computers and other ICT equipment have been purchased and delivered. Consequently, most of these new equipment are stored in its original packing some for up to 3 years.

According to the Auditor-General report, some of the computers and equipment have been invested with termites.

Computers for termites (from Auditor General report 2010

Sabahan students, please go buy your own computer if you can afford it and don’t wait for the Ministry of Education to set up the computer labs. It will be too late.

W T F

(from Auditor General Report 2010)

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