BELADIN: Delays by contractors in implementing development projects will lead to big issues, says Datuk Julaihi Narawi.
The Assistant Minister of Infrastructure and Port Development stressed that errant contractors would be subjected to action.
“A successful contractor can do the project as scheduled and set.
“I would like to remind contractors not to follow in the footsteps of their peers who are late or failed to complete a project.
“There are indeed those who are late (behind schedule) and I don’t deny this, for example, the PA1 at Simpang Tambir to Asajaya and PB1 Bintulu-Miri.
“When there is a delay, the quality will not be good which will result in public complaints and this will become a big issue.
“For the errant contractors, we will take action and there must be a strategy to catch up with the project status so that it is in line with the set schedule.”
He told the media this after visiting the Triso-Melebu-Pusa coastal road repair and upgrading project site here on Wednesday (Oct 6).
When asked about the issue of delays in the project to repair and upgrade the Triso-Melebu-Pusa coastal road, he said it was due to the movement control order (MCO).
“However, we have an extended time period (EOT) of 46 days thus if there is a slight delay it can be overcome with that period. I think this project is still on schedule.
“That is why I emphasise that contractors should always know the performance and progress of the project on site. They should not just rely on briefings from their respective engineers.”
Julaihi expressed confidence that the three contractors involved in the upgrading project, namely Melatai Resources Sdn Bhd, PPES Work Sdn Bhd and Bena ATK Sdn Bhd, would be able to complete it on schedule.
“They are experienced contractors, so I’m confident that they know what to do. Moreover, they successfully went through the open tenders which means they are competent enough to implement this project.”