Too many RTP projects, too few contractors, Dr Sim laments

Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING, Sept 1: Sarawak currently faces the challenge of having too few contractors to implement a number of state government projects.

Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian opined that with good contractors, they could be assured that projects would be done according to specification.

“(With) a bad contractor on the other hand, (it) not only takes time to terminate the contractors, causing further delays when we ‘cabut undi’ (select) again!” he asserted in a Facebook post yesterday.

Dr Sim noted that recently delays have affected a number of Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) projects when the contractors decided not to take up the offer after being selected.

“There are so many projects by the Sarawak government that one of the greatest challenges is to beg contractors to do the job,” he added.

In view of the challenges with too many Sarawak government projects and too few good contractors, he reminded the implementing agencies and his staff to go to the ground to monitor the projects, rather than indulge in finger-pointing later. — DayakDaily