Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Contractors who were not able to carry out the projects awarded to them should be blacklisted from tender awards in the future, said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He said the state government needs to have a database to store the information of the contractors for all government agencies to avoid engaging with them in the future.

“Sarawak needs to have a database accessible to all government agencies, not just to blacklist contractors who wasted the opportunities given, but also to recommend good contractors as well.

“This is so that the they (good contractors) have more opportunities and this can help them to grow,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday.

On Friday, the Batu Kawa assemblyman visited the site of the new access road for Taman Kwong Thiong and Jalan Stephen Yong under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) project 2020 for the constituency.

“The project will provide convenience to the public and reduce traffic congestion for the residents in Taman Kwong Thiong. It was delayed due to the movement control order (MCO).

“Unfortunately, it was further delayed after the contractor selected from the draw voting process declined the job offer,” he said.

The Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president said a new contractor has since been appointed by another vote draw who assured that the RM436,000 project, which is supposed to be completed in five months, can be reduced to three months