Be transparent and provide details over the RM30.75 million contract to replace 200 lamp posts in Klang Valley, says DAP public complaints bureau chairman Lim Lip Eng.
Lim has urged the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to be transparent about the work involved and the pricing, reported FMT.
It was reported that the contract was awarded to Sarawak Consolidated Industries Berhad (SCIB) via Ennova Sdn Bhd.
“Paying RM30.75 million for just 200 lamp posts has raised some questions. People are asking if the contract is limited to merely installing them or does it involve other work too.
“Based on the total project price, the cost of replacing one lamp post comes to RM153,750. DBKL must clarify this,” said Lim.
He also said the city hall should explain if the job was given out via an open tender, and that why the contract was awarded via a third party, Ennova.
“Why couldn’t DBKL award the contract directly to SCIB?” he said, of the contractor which is a public listed company.”
“DBKL should not ignore these questions as integrity and transparency are vital for any contract that runs into the tens of millions,” he said.
Meanwhile, DBKL has responded to the claims and said that the city hall will not be forking out any money for the street lamp project.
According to The Star, a DBKL spokesman said the project does not involve building any new street lamps but will integrate additional features that support 5G telecommunication networks into existing ones.
“We will rent out the lamp posts to companies who will integrate it with telecommunication equipment and antennae for better connectivity,” said the spokesman.
He added that DBKL had appointed several companies to maintain and operate these bi-functional lamp posts.
“We are involved with renting out the lamp posts. We are not spending money. Please wait for a proper statement from our corporate communications team,” said the spokesman.