Awang Tengah (fifth left) handing over the mock cheque to John Otto Philip (sixth right) and Ma’aeah Khan (fourth left), while from left is Temenggong Gee Ah Chok, John Ilius, Richard Riot, Agro Bank Sarawak Regional director Abdul Halek Abdullah, Naroden Majais, Assistant Minister of Industrial Development Datuk Malcolm Mussen Lamoh, Ministry of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development permanent secretary Datuk Liaw Soon Eng, Kedup Assemblyman Martin Ben and Serian Resident Tuah Suni.

SERIAN: “Ali Baba contractors … will be blacklisted from Sarawak government projects, stressed Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

According to him, the practice involves contractors who sub-contract their contracts to other companies, to make easy profits through commissions.

“To the contractors, I strictly call on all of you to carry out the work entrusted to you responsibly, namely if you succeed in getting a contract, do not sub-contract or hand over or rent it to others.

“Instead, you can collaborate with other contractors in implementing various government projects.

“Many sub-contractors to large companies have proven to be successful without the need to sub-contract their contracts to other companies,” he said when officiating at the Symposium for Contractors at the Roxy Hotel here, yesterday.

On another note, Awang Tengah, who is also  International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Minister, said as of September 30 this year, his ministry had approved grants and loans to contractors including small and medium enterprises (SMEs) under the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS).

He said his ministry had approved a total of 451 applications worth RM14 million under the micro-credit scheme, 33 applications worth RM4 million under the SME Loan Scheme (Skim Pinjaman Industri Kecil dan Sederhana or SPIKS), 113 applications worth RM1.86 million under the Graduate Towards Entrepreneurship (GERAK) grant, 179 applications with worth amounting to RM2.68 million under the Technical and Vocational Entrepreneur (USTEV) grant and 1,828 applications worth RM524 million under Special Relief Fund (SRF).

Also present were Assistant Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to East Asia (South Korea, Japan and Taiwan), who is also Serian MP Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem and Bukit Semuja assemblyman John Illus.