Bomba DG chides contractor for delay of new Asajaya fire station

Mohammad Hamdan (2nd left), Zainal (left), Khirudin (2nd right) in a discussion at new Asajaya fire station site with contractor.

ASAJAYA, March 29: Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) director-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Hamdan Wahid has reprimanded the contractor for the delay in completing its new Asajaya fire station.

Although the project is about eight per cent delay, Hamdan who was not pleased with the progress also reminded the contractor and project supervisors to catch up as any delay will affect the department’s development.

The new RM6.5 million station was initially set to complete on May 24, this year.

The new dateline given to its contractor Engsunai Enterprise Sdn Bhd has been pushed forward to September 15.

Hamdan, who is here on a three-day working visit to Kuching, said once the new fire station is completed, it will improve the department’s rescue efforts and achieve a strategic stage with faster response time.

“This is especially for those in rural areas. Our department must optimise our workforce to ensure we are able to provide the most efficient and effective services within the response time,” he asserted after a site visit.

The new fire station, which sits on a 1.27-acre land and equipped with better facilities, will also enhance training of firefighters.

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the contractor faced difficulties in hiring workers. Right now, it is about 47 per cent completed instead of 55 per cent,” Bomba Sarawak director Khirudin Drahman disclosed.

Mohammad Hamdan visiting the current Asajaya fire station.

Asajaya’s current fire station is sitting on two containers while firefighters there are serving a population of about 32,000.

Also present at site were Bomba Sarawak deputy director PPjB Zainal Madasin, assistant director operations PgKB I Henderi Ardimanshah, Sarawak region academy commandant PgKB II Kurung Suwen and Asajaya fire station chief PBT II Mosli Salim. — DayakDaily