FOR small contractor Mohd Ismail Mohd Ishak, getting a Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) contract could mean the difference between staying in business for the next several months or folding up.
“We are struggling to survive because people are being cautious with spending, they do not want to spend money unless it is for major works.
“As a small contractor, we do not have the benefit of handling big projects, and business has been slow, ” he said.
Mohd Ismail added that he has not been able to get a contract for the past six months and has even laid off two workers.
The 43-year-old was one of more than 600 hopeful applicants who turned up at the ‘Cabutan Kerja Undi DBKL’ event in hopes of being awarded a DBKL contract through a balloting session in Bandar Tun Razak.
“Hopefully, I will be lucky enough to have my name picked during this balloting session, ” he said.
The session was the first such initiative by DBKL in an effort to boost business among registered small contractors in the city.
About 250 contracts worth RM50mil were awarded through balloting with a limit of RM200,000 each.
The works involve upgrading and maintenance that do not require a change in structure, comprising the scope of public works, electrical and mechanical works.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan hoped this would help stimulate the economy, in line with the 2020 Economic Stimulus Package.
“There are about 3,000 such contractors in the city with between 80% to 90% not having jobs for more than a year.
“This will help inject momentum into the economy, especially in
the development industry, ” he said, adding that DBKL would consider another such session in the future.
“I hope the successful applicants will carry out their work sincerely using quality material equivalent with the cost of the work, ” he said.
Nor Hisham added that the contracts would also include preparatory work as Kuala Lumpur plays host to three major events this year namely Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit, Kuala Lumpur World Book Capital 2020 and Visit Malaysia 2020.
On another matter, Nor Hisham said the city council collected RM4mil in outstanding traffic compounds last month.
DBKL offered motorists special traffic compound rates as low as RM15 for motorcycles, cars and heavy vehicles from Feb 1to March 3 in conjunction with Federal Territory Day.
One vehicle owner even paid more than RM18,000 in unpaid fines.
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