After passing through the hands of three administrations in four years, a "skybridge" worth RM31.5 million (S$10.17 million) in the city centre of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah has finally been completed, Malaysian news outlet The Vibes reported.
Skybridge 31.5juta Sabah.— Al-Rashid Zulkefli🏴 (@AlRashidZulkefl) September 5, 2021
Turun nak pegi mall, kena lompat sendiri pegi bawah.😂 pic.twitter.com/AVSVk3idoS
"Skybridge (worth) RM31.5 million (S$10.17 million). To go to the mall, have to jump down from the bridge", the netizen tweeted.
Another netizen joked that the bridge was Sabah's version of Platform 3/4, the train platform hidden behind a wall at London's King's Cross station that takes students to Hogwarts school in the Harry Potter novels.
Initially scheduled to complete within six months
Construction of the "skybridge" first started in April 2017, and was scheduled to complete within six months, though the deadline was extended for another six months subsequently, Free Malaysia Today reported.
One year later, the developer reportedly became insolvent before the completion of the project, and the contractor halted works as it had not received payment.
Subsequently, Sabah chief minister Hajiji Noor reportedly announced on Feb. 4 that the government had approved RM4.7 million (S$1.51 million) to complete the project.
Hajiji also reportedly expressed his wishes that the "skybridge" connecting shopping malls and commercial districts would be completed as soon as possible.
Mall to build its own connection to the bridge
According to The Borneo Post, the air-conditioned "skybridge" is equipped with escalators and an elevator for the disabled.
Meanwhile, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) vice president Gee Tien Siong reportedly said that the bridge did not exclude Center Point Shopping Mall, as the mall is responsible for constructing its own connection to the "skybridge".
Gee pointed out that the connection is expected to be done after the Covid-19 Movement Control Order (MCO).
Netizen: Hansard shows RM60 million earmarked for the project
In a subsequent tweet, the netizen Al-Rashid questioned the government's claims of the bridge costing RM31.5 million (S$10.17 million).
Posting screenshots which he claims are of the parliament hansard from November 2019, Al-Rashid said that the government had approved RM60 million (S$19.42 million) for the project, according to the hansard.
Wait.— Al-Rashid Zulkefli🏴 (@AlRashidZulkefl) September 5, 2021
Handsard Parlimen bertarikh 6 Nov 2019, MP Kota Kinabalu mendedahkan RM60juta sudah diluluskan oleh kerajaan terdahulu(UMNO/BN), baki tak siap pula sepatutnya RM4juta.
Awal tahun, GRS suntik RM4.7juta. Hajiji rasmi projek, umum kos RM31.5juta???? Mana pegi 20juta lain???? pic.twitter.com/10gMdn0B20
He further questioned the whereabouts of the remaining money, as the government had previously announced that the bridge cost RM31.5 million (S$10.17 million).
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