Saturday, January 16

Contractors given ultimatum to comply with contract specs

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Tiong (seventh right, front) with various representatives at the dialogue.

BINTULU:  The contractors involved in the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway have been given an ultimatum to ensure that they would complete the works according to the contract specifications – or face action.

The Prime Minister’s special envoy to China and Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing warned that the Public Works Department (JKR) could take action against contractors who refused to cooperate and solve the problems, such as blacklisting them, including their directors and shareholders.

“Contractors who have accepted the contracts must know their responsibilities and the implementation of a project must follow the first-class standards even though I saw there are contractors who do not meet that level,” he said during a meeting with JKR and representatives of the contractors in Sibu recently.

Tiong said apart from completing the works according to certain standards, the safety of road users must always be given top priority by the contractors.

He cited engineering and technical problems such as failure to follow safety guidelines during construction and road upgrades, traffic, and road signs involving the Pan Borneo Highway as among the complaints received from the public.

“When problems are identified, then it should be discussed with the JKR to find a solution and not just be ignored by giving various reasons. This is an ultimatum,” he added.

JKR gave the contractors two weeks to solve the problems, but Tiong said the works should be expedited as it affected the safety of road users.