Still opportunities for Class F contractors in RTP implementation: Uggah

Uggah (left) presenting a RTP document to a longhouse chief witnessed by Layar assemblyman Gerald Rentap Jabu (right).

BETONG, Aug 12: Class F contractors will still have opportunities to undertake rural transformation projects (RTP) as not all Village Security and Development Committees (JKKKs) will have the capability to implement the projects by themselves.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas reassured this following concerns aired by contractors recently on the state government’s decision to allow JKKKs to undertake the RTP implementation.

“Not all JKKKs are capable of undertaking the implementation of projects themselves. Inevitably they would have to rely on contractors,” he said at a briefing on RTP implementation for 85 JKKKs for the Betong parliamentary constituency here today.

The new decision, Uggah pointed out, was to empower the people who had complained and expressed dissatisfaction about project completion delays as well as substandard workmanship from some contractors.

“Thus the state government has given them the options of doing the implementation themselves or engaging a contractor of their own choice,” he said, adding that the decision was only for non-technical RTPs costing not more than RM200,000.

“Of course the government technical agencies will be involved with the work scope, specifications, monitoring and others.

“If this arrangement proves successful and practical, we may raise the ceiling to RM300,000 after consulting the state cabinet,” he informed.

He thus called on the respective JKKKs to choose their contractors carefully if they take that option.

“Choose those who are familiar with the situations on the ground. It is also important that they (contractors) should have a good track record as well,” he advised.—DayakDaily