Nothing amiss about jetty price, says PWD
By:News Desk
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MIRI: The Public Works Department (PWD) on Monday explained that the price for the construction of a wooden jetty worth RM50,000 in Kampung Mutap Bekenu which became a viral subject on social media yesterday, was justified.

In a statement statement, it said the estimation is based on the rate of RM9,000 per meter cube for the Belian timber which is lower than the current market price.

“We also take into account the condition of road access to Kampung Mutap, logistics and safety as the area is infested with crocodiles. Within the budget of RM50,000, we managed to design the jetty of up to 15m in length with two staircases,” it added.

PWD added that they had proposed to build a steel jetty as it is very robust however the downside is it is much more expensive compared to belian timber.

The design requested by the Ketua Kampung of Kampung Mutap during a site visit was for a 30m long jetty which comes with a timber pondok.

However, due to the limited budget (RM50,000), the Ketua Kampung agreed to the design as per the allocated budget permitted, and that he would seek funds from the local elected elected representative to carry out phase two of the jetty.

The statement said that the ‘cabut undi’ (drawing of successful bid) was held at Pejabat Resident Miri on November 30, 2021 chaired by the Resident with other committee members from other government agencies.

The contractor chosen was the Bukit Balat company, with the contract commencing on March 7, 2022 and scheduled to be completed on June 6, 2022.

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