Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING: Although the lack of foreign workers may delay development projects in Sarawak, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing said that some sacrifices had to be made for the time being in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said that the lack of foreign workers certainly was a problem in terms of project implementation, but at the same time it was also an advantage.

“We stop foreign workers from coming in at this time so that we can control the spread of Covid-19 in Sarawak,” he said.

Masing told a press conference this after officiating at the workshop on administration of contracts towards project delivery excellence for Sarawak government projects at UCSI Hotel here today.

“I think we may have to stay put for a while. It is better for us to be safe rather than sorry,” said Masing, who is also Minister of Infrastructure and Ports Development.

According to Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak director, Datuk Zuraimi Sabki, mega projects were affected by the foreign worker dilemma as a large pool of manpower was needed.

He pointed out that the Pan Borneo Highway was quite badly affected by this issue.

He added that some projects, depending on the work package, could lack about 70 percent of their required manpower.