MIPD, JKR to come up with SOPs to reduce, prevent sick projects in Sarawak

Uggah and others listening to explanations from JKR at the new Bintulu Division administrative centre construction site.

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KUCHING, Aug 20: Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas wants his ministry and the Sarawak Public Works Department (JKR) to come up with SOPs to ensure that tere are zero ‘sick’ projects in Sarawak.

Uggah, who is also Minister of Infrastructure and Port Development (MIPD), said there is plan to hold a seminar to discuss recommendations in reducing and preventing sick projects.

“We need to come up with a standard operating procedure (SOP) and program to ensure zero sick projects in the years ahead.

“The SOP system will allow us to act immediately and timely on potential problematic projects,” he said.

Meanwhile, Uggah also said engineers, technical workers and consultants should have a workplan to ensure contractors complete their projects according to schedule.

He said the workplan would detail the work schedule, manpower and machinery required as well as progress of the projects.

JKR, he added, has many capable engineers and the right technologies to achieve this.

“Let us harness our resources, experience and expertise. Let us be open to any latest technologies and not forgetting considering feedback from the ground and the need to communicate frequently.

“We can rise to new heights in our task and achievements, and most importantly record zero sick projects,” he said after attending a briefing at the JKR office in Bintulu yesterday (Aug 19).

Accompanying Uggah were his deputy minister Datuk Majang Renggi, MIPD permanent secretary Chiew Chew Yaw, Bintulu resident Datu Jack Aman, and JKR head of project Meehan Jorai. — DayakDaily