Bitumen shortage: JKR should have verified with suppliers, says DAP man

Kong showing the press statement issued by JKR Sarawak.

KUCHING, July 8: Special assistant to Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chiang Jen, Michael Kong, said the Public Works Department (JKR) should have verified with suppliers and contractors on bitumen supply for the construction of the 6th Mile Flyover.

He also urged JKR to engage with contractors to explore alternate ways to ensure the project is completed on time.

Kong said this in response to a press statement by JKR Sarawak informing that the project delay was due to a shortage of bitumen supply.

“If any issues or delays arise, it is incumbent for JKR Sarawak to engage with the contractors to explore alternate ways to ensure this project is completed in a timely manner,” he told reporters during a press conference held at Sarawak DAP’s headquarters today.

Kong said to his knowledge, Sarawak has several suppliers for bitumen.

“We have made enquiries to see if the suppliers have any stock for bitumen, and the answer is in the positive.

“Therefore, what JKR Sarawak had alleged about a shortage of bitumen is not entirely correct,” he added.

Instead of issuing a press statement without verifying their facts or conducting the necessary investigation, Kong pointed out that JKR should have double-checked and made the extra effort to confirm with suppliers and contractors.

He said the construction of the 6th and 7th Mile flyovers affects every resident, and any further delay would inevitably affect their lives.

“JKR Sarawak should bear in mind that this is a project which has been ongoing for close to five years,” he said. — DayakDaily