Getting a fair share of the economic pie

Jaul deliver his speech. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion has suggested that large development projects should be broken down into smaller components to allow smaller contractors to participate.

“This is to allow for inclusivity,” he said when speaking at the workshop on administration of contracts towards project delivery excellence for Sarawak government projects at UCSI Hotel here today, which was officiated by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing.

He also encouraged inclusivity in terms of contract policy on participation of Bumiputera contractors.

“I am sure this policy has been there for a long time, but we need to ensure that the implementation is well done and smooth to ensure that all parties – be it big or small contractors all have a share in the economic pie of the state government.”

He reminded the workshop participants that, as civil servant, they were all entrusted by the state government to deliver projects for the benefit of the people.

He said if there was failure in project implementation, it was considered a failure on the part of the government to serve the people well.

“Therefore, our planning and internal processes shall not be the causes of the delay in project delivery. We as officers from our departments must spearhead in delivering our products to the beneficiaries.”

According to Ministry of Infrastructure and Ports Development permanent secretary cum workshop organising chairman Datuk Safri Zainudin, the key objective of the three-day workshop was to identify areas for improvement in the current practices and to come up with improved processes which can be adopted by all departments.

“Our workshop today is to look for uniformity or to regularise across the state government agencies.”

He said that the workshop would cover seven major topics, namely contractor’s registration and performance management, tender evaluation, resident engineer team, project intervention, new norm – post Covid-19, Rural Transformation Projects, and project issues and challenges.