Tender committee to decide who gets coastal road, second trunk road projects

File photo of boxes of documents and papers as companies bid for the coastal road and second trunk road projects.

KUCHING, Sept 15: Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said he would not interfere with the tender process for the RM11 billion coastal road and second trunk road projects.

“That one I leave it to the tender committee. No interference,” the chief minister told a press conference after officiating at the Handing Over Ceremony of Sarawak Energy Solar System to Sarawak Forestry Corporation at Talang Talang Besar Island on Thursday (Sept 13).

Meanwhile, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Transportation (MIDT) Tan Sri Dr James Masing, when contacted, said the result of the tender would be decided by a tender committee comprising members from multiple state departments.

“It will be decided by a tender committee, in which MIDT, JKR (Public Works Department), SFS (State Finance Secretary) among others, will be involved in deciding who gets the various packages for the coastal road and the second trunk road projects.

“My assistant ministers and I (from MIDT) will monitor to make sure that all decisions are made in accordance to proper & transparent procedures,” assured Masing, who is also a deputy chief minister.

The two mammoth projects is estimated to cost about RM11 billion in total, making them the “largest construction contract for Sarawak”.

Big builders from China and West Malaysia are among those bidding for these two road projects along with many local companies. Among some of the well-established ones are Yong Kong, Titanium, CMS and PPES Works.

On Wednesday (Sept 12), 105 corporations submitted pre-qualifying documents for both projects. — DayakDaily