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Thursday July 28, 2011

A deluge of river deepening projects

GEORGE TOWN: Some 200 bumiputra contractors in Penang have been awarded contracts worth RM15.7mil to carry out river deepening projects in flood-prone areas in the state.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the projects were awarded randomly through e-Tender on the state government’s website.

A steady increase in the river deepening projects in the state had been recorded, he told a press conference after meeting with the contractors in his office.

In 1990, 128 projects were carried out while 187 were carried out last year and as of June this year, 243 projects have been given out to contractors.

Among the contractors, Nor Ana Nayan, 46, who is Gerak Restu Enterprise manager, said her company had been awarded the tender to maintain and clean some 45 rivers in Changkat, Nibong Tebal on the mainland.

“The cost of cleaning and maintaining all the rivers is about RM10,000 for each session and we do it five times a year,” she said.

Impian Sejati Enterprise manager Zainidin Saleh, 63, said that his company also received the tender to clean rivers and drains in south Seberang Prai.

Penang Malay Contractors Asso-ciation president Datuk Mohamad Fadzill Hassan lauded the state’s move but he urged the Penang Government to look into the plight of the 1,200 Class F Malay contractors in the state.

On the e-Perolehan system which contractors use to apply for tenders online, Fadzill said that to be more transparent, the state should start giving out tenders and contracts through a ‘drawing lot’ system.

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