Sunday, September 27

Don’t issue new class F licences, urges Malay contractor body

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GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Malay Contractors Association of Malaysia (PKMMPP) has urged the federal government to extend the freeze on the issuance of Class F licences effective since March 2005.

PKMMPP president Datuk Mohamed Fadzill Hassan said the extension would
enable the 28,000 existing Class F registered contractors to get contracts and prevent them from closing their operations entirely.

“Of the 40,000 Bumiputera contractors nationwide, 28,000 or 70 per cent are Class F, and it would not be practical for the
government to open new applications for Class F contractors,” he told reporters here.

Mohamed Fadzil, who is also Malay Contractors Association of Malaysia (PKMM) Class F Contractors bureau chairman, said the association would
support any move to open applications for new Class F contractors licences only if the government could offer more projects.

He also urged the government to carry out a legalisation programme to identify bona fide Class F contractors
before issuing new Class F licences.

“Now many people from diverse backgrounds want to become contractors, but some do not understand the job of contractors despite having a licence, and the government should regulate this,” he said.

Mohamed Fadzill said a few Class F contractors only do their job halfway, and leave the financial management and auditing to others, resulting in Bumiputera contractors becoming uncompetitive. — Bernama