Bumiputera contractors told to complete work on time, no ‘hanky panky’ business

Awang Tengah (seated centre) and guests pose for a group photo with the participants.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Sept 24: Class C and F Bumiputera contractors have been told to complete their contracts according to the guideline and avoid any hanky panky business, especially the ‘Ali Baba’ practice.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the state government would not hesitate to take stern actions against those found practising dishonest behaviour, while carrying out their works.

“I believed that Class C and F Bumiputera contractors are competitive. When you are being awarded with contracts, please ensure the works carried out according to the design or specifications.

“Avoid cutting off here and there to save cost. We will freeze your licence if you are found dishonestly practising those acts,” he said at the 10th edition of the “contractors, entrepreneurs symposium” held at the Marudi Civic Centre on Tuesday.

Awang Tengah, who is also International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Minister, presented contracts to local contractors amounting RM1 million.

Some 100 contractors took part in the symposium.

He also reminded contractors to avoid subcontracting their works to others, adding that the success of implemented government projects are attributed to the excellent performance of the contractors.

“Various initiatives and contract works are awarded by the state government to our Bumiputera contractors via the Rural Transformation Project (RTP), Minor Rural Project (MRP) and these helped opening more opportunities to our contractors,” he said.

He added that the state could no longer depend with the federal government in providing infrastructures and amenities projects.

“After the 14th general election, our political scenario has changed. A lot of development projects, which were approved during the previous federal government, have been slashed due to financial constraints,” he said.

On awarding contracts, Awang Tengah said the priority in offering tenders will be given to local contractors to help boost local income and protecting interest of local contractors.

Assistant Minister of International Trade and Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais was present. — DayakDaily