Monday, December 9

Government will continue to update, enhance procurement policies — Uggah

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THE government will continuously update and enhance the procurement policies and procedures to encourage Bumiputera parrticipation in the implementation of government projects.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said there were already policies being laid for Bumiputera contractors to participate in the implementation of government projects.

He told the august House that among the policies is that at least 30 per cent of works component are allocated to Bumiputera contractors for mega projects such as the coastal road, second trunk road and some of the main packages of the Sarawak water supply grid programmes for stressed areas.

Also, for projects with value of less than RM100,000, the participation is restricted to Class F Bumiputera contractors registered with the Consultant and Contractor Registration Unit (UPKJ).

He said this in response to a question raised by Dennis Ngau (GPS-Telang Usan) on the participation of Bumiputera contractors in government projects.

For projects worth more than RM100,000, at least 30 per cent of the yearly development allocation must be allocated to UPKJ-registered contractors.

Only UPKJ-registered Bumiputera contractors are allowed to participate in Rural Transformation Projects
(RTP).

“As a pre-requisite, the Bumiputera contractors must be technically qualified to participate in the projects to ensure the projects are successfully implemented.

“On the part of the state government, we will update and enhance our procurement policies and procedures from time-to-time to encourage Bumiputera participation in the implementation of the state government projects,” Uggah, who is also Second Finance Minister, told the House.