My tenth question to Zambry – Why did ATP appoint a quantity surveyor who rendered consultancy services to SDGM which were similar to those provided to ATP?

The special internal audit report on MAPS Section 4.2.3 stated that there was a possibility that the consultancy services rendered by QS1 to ATP were similar with the one provided by QS1 to SDGM.

On 31 October 2013, ATP has appointed QS1 as independent quantity surveyor for the service of reviewing contract, contract sum, as well as evaluating progress claims submitted by the contractor SDGM. The total value of the scope of service amount to RM980,000.

It was noted that, during the course of construction and development of MAPS, QS1 has also rendered consultancy services to SDGM, which was possibly similar with the scope of consultancy services rendered by QS1 to ATP.

The provision of similar services of QS1 to both ATP and SDGM clearly put a question mark on QS1’s status as an independently-appointed quantity surveyor for ATP which was expected to provide an independent review and advice to ATP on the accuracy and exactness of the value of the works through certification of SDGM’s progress claims prior to payment being made to SDGM.

It is most shocking that ATP paid RM413M to SDGM through works and progress claims verified by a quantity surveyor which provide similar consultancy services to SDGM.

Zambry must explain why did ATP appoint a quantity surveyor who rendered consultancy services to SDGM which were similar to those provided to ATP? Zambry must also explain the criteria and the justification of appointing QS1 as its independence is now questionable.

Media Statement by Chairman of the Audit Committee Perak Corporation Berhad and Keranji State Assemblyman Chong Zhemin on 2 April 2019.