Yii: Non performing contractors will be blacklisted in the future

Adam Yii

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By Adrian Lim

MIRI, May 20: Miri City Council (MCC) is looking to identify non performing contractors and blacklisted them from participating in the council’s tender process in due course.

MCC mayor Adam Yii said the council hoped to have a database to identify such contractors and blacklist them.

“Internally, we have made several reforms and changes in order to improve the efficiency of our services delivery in order to meet the high expectations of Mirians.

“Among them, we have established an independent Contracts and Procurement Unit to handle all contracts and procurement as compared to the previous system of which the respective departments handle their own contracts and procurement.

“This is to streamline the efficiency and independence of the tendering process.

“In time to come, we hope we will have the database to identify non performing contractors and blacklist them from participating in MCC’s tendering,” he said in his speech in conjunction with the city’s 16th anniversary celebration today, which was held virtually.

Yii added the council has also established the Miri City Inspectorate Unit to assist the council in identifying issues and problems proactively by doing patrolling and monitoring.

He said the council’s Mobile MCC Serve Team has been very prompt and active in solving ad hoc problems like fallen trees and on safety issues like dangerous potholes and so on.

“We have also upgraded our Public Relations Unit (SPA).

“This is to improve on the interaction with Miri public so that the public will be kept abreast with issues and happenings in MCC.

“This will also enable the public to easily get in touch with MCC on their issues and problems,” he added.

Other than that, Yii noted that the council has made significant improvements in many aspects such as grass cutting, drain cleaning and collection services, resurfacing potholes and the promptness in response to the public reports of issues.

Looking ahead, he said the council will focus on environmental issues and on implementation of digital governance and administration.

Yii believed environmental issues will be the most pressing issues faced by the city just as in any other urban centres.

Thus, he said the council is considering several new waste management technologies towards better waste management.

On digital governance and administration, Yii added the council will leverage on the electronic local government model in Miri Smart City Proof of Concept to digitize information, on applications submission, on payments of Council’s fees and charges and so on.

“So dear fellow Mirians, with all the new projects, internal reforms within Miri City Council, I would like to reassure Mirians that MCC is forward looking and optimistic that with the unity and cooperation among Mirians, Miri City will overcome the present difficulties and challenges and emerge on an even stronger footing as “A green, smart and Most Liveable Resort City”, he said. — DayakDaily