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GEORGE TOWN, Nov 23, 2015:

The Auditor-General’s report for 2014 has found Penang’s performance through its agencies satisfactory despite a few slight hiccups.

Among them are the Penang Religious Council, and Penang Development Corporation (PDC).

According to the report, the Audit conducted from February to May found that the level of the endowment property management of the Council less satisfactory and there were some weaknesses that needed to be improved.

The report also praised the Penang City Council’s good work in restructuring the business, repairing damage, overcoming shortage of parking and increasing the level of cleanliness.

However, it found several weaknesses that could be addressed such as construction projects which were behind time for completion, building works that were not being carried out according to specifications and were of poor quality.

It also noted that there was delay in signing of contract documents and consultant services agreements.

The report recommended that the Upgrading and Renovating Project of Chowrasta Market be implemented efficiently and completed on schedule.

The Council is recommended to intensify the monitoring of projects so that contractors would complete the projects within the stipulated period.

It also recommended that the Council and Principal Consultant must ensure that work performed by contractors complied with the requirements under the work/contract specifications.

“All defects must be identified and rectified properly by the contactor concerned prior to submission of projects to the Council,” the report added.

The losses incurred by PDC in 2014 amounting to RM1.76mil was also mentioned in the Auditor-General’s report despite it stating that overall, PDC’s financial performance was satisfactory.

To ensure the enhancement of PDC’s management, the corporation is recommended to take actions such as to ensure that the Certificate of Completion (CPC) is issued immediately after projects are fully completed.

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