Monday, May 20

DCCI unhappy with JKR’s road projects pre-qualification requirements


Kilat Beriak

KUCHING: The Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) is unhappy with the Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak’s implementation procurement model for the coastal road network and second trunk road.

Deputy president Kilat Beriak said Dayak contractors under DCCI are unable to fulfil the pre-qualification (Pre-Q) requirements released by JKR Sarawak for contractors of the proposed construction and completion of the balance of works to complete the coastal road network and the second trunk road in Sarawak.

According to Kilat, the procurement model adopted for these two projects requires any applicant company, which wishes to participate in the Pre-Q exercise to have, among others, a minimum net worth of RM20 million based on the latest three years’ audited financial statements.

It also requires the applicant company, in the last five years, to have successfully completed a single roadworks contract with a minimum value of RM30 million or cumulative roadworks contracts of a minimum total value of RM100 million.

“Dayak contractors from DCCI are unable to fulfil these Pre-Q requirements, in particular, the financial requirement of a net worth of RM20 million.

“DCCI appeals to the Sarawak government to review the said procurement model adopted for the implementation of these two projects. We sincerely urge the government to look into the plight of the Dayak CIDB (Construction Industry Development Board) Grade G7 and UPKJ (Contractor and Consultant Registration Unit) Class A contractors promptly as JKR’s briefing on these two projects will be held on Monday, Aug 13, 2018,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Kilat said DCCI hopes the two projects could be divided into smaller packages so that more Dayak contractors can participate.

He added DCCI is recommending 30 per cent of the total project value be divided into packages and reserved for the Bumiputera CIDB Grade G7 and UPKJ Class A contractors to tender without having to undergo the Pre-Q exercise.

“However, if the above proposal is not possible, DCCI hopes that these eligible Bumiputera contractors be engaged directly by the government as Nominated Sub-Contractors for 30 per cent of the contract value awarded to each successful main contractor,” he said.

DCCI currently has close to 800 members comprising businessmen, entrepreneurs, and professionals.