Contractor’s internal issues blamed for lag in Jalan Oya expansion project costing RM30 mln

Tiang (centre) chairing the meeting with L&S representatives on his right. Also seen is Chieng (second right).

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SIBU, Sept 8: Phase 1 of the RM30 million Jalan Oya expansion works is 14.1 per cent behind schedule due to the contractor’s internal issues.

According to Deputy Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government II Michael Tiang, the Land and Survey Department (L&S) will monitor the progress of the project to ensure that it will be completed according to the schedule.

“Work on the project has slowed down recently, and nothing seems to be moving. This mainly due to the contractor’s internal issue and not caused by external factors such as weather and whatsoever,” said Tiang during a meeting today with L&S to address the issue.

The meeting took place following a complaint by Bukit Assek assemblyman Joseph Chieng on the matter.

“The Land and Survey Department has issued reminders and notices to the contractor to demand they resume work,” he said.

The Pelawan assemblyman said that the contractor had submitted their remedial and mitigation plans to get the progress of the project back on schedule and would resume work on Sept 13.

He said the resumed work will focus on ground treatment works and is expected to be completed early next year. — DayakDaily