TAIPING-BASED Aman Selama Sdn Bhd will achieve another milestone when its RM8mil premix plant in Simpang Pulai, near Ipoh, begins operations in two weeks.
It is part of our expansion drive, and the completion of the premix plant will be followed by a cement batching plant, which we hope to set up in a couple of years, said its general manager Mohd Rizal Abdullah.
He said the premix plant would complement the company's road construction activities while the cement batching plant would offset negative impacts brought by fluctuations in the price of cement.
The company's human resource manager, Norrisham Tan, believed many bumiputra contractors found themselves in a spot due to price fluctuations.
Often, after they have submitted their tenders, the price of construction materials such as cement increase, and many of them cannot make ends meet because of this, he explained.
Aman Selama, a bumiputra company, was incorporated in 1982 and started off as a timber supplier besides carrying out minor civil works with a Pusat Khidmat Kontraktor (PKK) Class F licence.
The company gradually diversified into more challenging categories of related works and in September 1995, secured a PKK Class A licence.
In recognition of its accomplishment, the company was selected as one of 200 contractors under the government's Program Kontractor Berwibawa.
Rizal said the company is currently the main contractor for the construction of the RM54mil Institut Perakaunan Negara in Sabak Bernam, Selangor. The project is about 46% complete.
It is also involved in road construction projects, including in the upgrading of a 14.5km stretch of Jalan Bidor/Slim River, which is part of Federal Route 1. The project, worth RM36mil, is about 30% complete.
It also built the new 7km Jalan Pulau Kemiri in Sungai Siput, worth RM14mil.
The company's road building activities, Rizal said, had provided jobs for small contractors, especially after 1991, when it was selected by the Rural Development Ministry to build roads in villages, mainly in Hilir Perak district.
The RM14.7mil programme works via a vendor system, under which we appoint Class F contractors to build the village roads, said Rizal, adding that the company had about 80 Class F contractors under its wings.
Other than providing jobs for small-time contractors, Aman Selama is also a favourite training ground for college and university students, said Norrisham. At any one time, we normally have 10 students doing their practical training.
Norrisham added that many of the company's former staff had opened their own businesses, and excelling as well.
Aman Selama's turnover, Rizal said, had increased from RM8mil in 1996 to RM30mil in 2002, and he expected a turnover of RM50mil next year.
We hope to venture into the oil and gas, and chemical and petrochemical industries in the future, said Rizal.
Aman Selama is also bidding to be one of the main contractors for a package of the railway double tracking project from Ipoh to Padang Besar which has been awarded to IRCON International Ltd of India.
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