I am echoing the stern warning by our Assistant Minister of Infrastructure and Ports Development, Datuk Julaihi Narawi to Bumiputera contractors in Sarawak who must comply and complete all government projects on time or face termination.
It goes without saying that the “inefficiency” of our Bumiputera contractors may hinder economic progress because our state government had given them the opportunities when it comes to awarding contracts for government projects. Thus, they must prove their ability to accomplish the tasks in hand and do not be a rotten apple.
I share the same views and comments with Datuk Julaihi on the unsatisfactory pavement rehabilitation works for PA-1 Kota Samarahan-Sadong Jaya Section 1 and Section 2 coastal road project which had received numerous complaints from local folks and also Netizens.
Both of us were joined by Kota Samarahan member of parliament, Hajah Rubiah Haji Wang in the project briefing conducted by the contractor, Debessa Development Sdn Bhd, project consultant Perunding Anggun Tega Sdn Bhd and Public Works Department (JKR).
For the record, the 12.3km upgrading project was contracted at RM11.8 million and works commenced on February 4 last year but completion date was revised and is scheduled on February 19 next year. The project is under the purview of the State government with JKR and Coastal and Second Trunk Road Unit (CSTRU) appointed as superintending officers.
Among the scope of works include survey works and setting out road alignment before and during construction, ground treatment and shoulder widening, site clearance, grubbing and earthwork turfing, supply and installation of necessary road furniture and others.
Once completed, the road will be one of the main arteries for the costal road network linking to several new bridges to improve socio-economic activities and pave the way for other development for coastal areas.
According to the contractor, the delay in delivering the project was due to Covid-19 pandemic and also the shortage of manpower needed in the construction works of roads which are experiencing heavy load of traffic including lorries and passenger vehicles.