As the renovation of the Seri Perdana saga continues, the Members of Parliament (MP) found out that the amount involved in the renovation had bloated up to RM38.5 million, from the initial amount of RM30 million.
Nonetheless, the RM38.5 million renovation budget was approved when the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government is in power, and obviously the former Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin had some explanation to do.
Responding to the matter, Muhyiddin had in a series of tweet, explained that he received a report from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) that there was physical damage on Seri Perdana and they include leakage, an old lighting system, old and damaged roof and flooring.
KENYATAAN MEDIA— Muhyiddin Yassin (@MuhyiddinYassin) September 30, 2021
Saya ingin memberikan penjelasan berhubung kerja-kerja membaik pulih Seri Perdana yang diluluskan semasa pentadbiran saya sebagai Perdana Menteri.
In addition, he said that the leaking roof and piping system had caused the built-in furniture, wooden floor, wall panels and ceiling to be damaged.
Besides, he said he was informed that the wiring, lighting and electronics such as the air conditioner would need to be upgraded as they are too old.
“An expert said that the whole building had to be rewired again as Seri Perdana is more than 20 years old and it’s a fire hazard.” Muhyiddin said.
Meanwhile, Muhyiddin also said that the PMO had recommended him to get some furniture as most of the furniture is said to belong to the 6th Prime Minister, Najib Razak and he had them moved away.
Muhyiddin then said the high cost of renovation is due to the size of the Seri Perdana which occupy more than 56,000 square fee.
“The decision to renovate Seri Perdana is to conserve this government building that symbolises the head of the government and the country’s image. If not renovated, this government heritage building will be even more damaged in the future.”
Muhyiddin added that he has confidence that the Public Works Department and the PMO staff oversees the entire renovation project. To clarify, he said that the departments can come forward and provide an explanation to the people too.
He then ended his tweet by saying that he had never stayed in Seri Perdana during his service as the Prime Minister.
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