GELANG PATAH: The state government will ensure Johor-based contractors get an opportunity to be part of Federal Government mega infrastructure projects in the state.
Johor Centre for Construction Development (JCCD) chief executive officer Mohd Ekmaluddin Ishak said the state had contractors who specialised in particular areas and who could participate in the projects.
“We are looking at between 10% and 30% participation in the mega projects from among the contractors registered with JCCD, ” he said.
Mohd Ekmaluddin said Johor was strategically located and one of the fastest growing states in the country, with major developments taking place in the Iskandar Malaysia economic growth region.
He said according to Johor State Economic Planning Unit, it reported RM130.5bil gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018, which contributed 9.5% to the national GDP.
“Johor is considered the fourth largest contributor to the country’s GDP, ’’ said Mohd Ekmaluddin.
He said there were several mega projects scheduled to take place in the state within the next three years and which would provide opportunities for Johor-based contractors.
Mohd Ekmaluddin said these included the RM8.9bil Gemas-Johor Baru Electrified Double-Track project and the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System, costing RM10bil and scheduled to be up and running by 2026.
He said Iskandar Regional Development Authority would be launching the RM2.56bil Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit project, with 39 stations in Iskandar Malaysia expected to be operational in 2022.
Mohd Ekmaluddin also hoped the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail project, with an estimated RM140bil gross development value, would be continued as it was a high-impact project that could bring a lot of economic benefits to Malaysia and Singapore.
He added that during construction, these projects were expected to generate opportunities and spillover effects for local contractors, suppliers and builders.
Mohd Ekmaluddin said the state government did not want any contractor, from grades G1 to G7, to miss out on the many development opportunities.
“Johor will benefit immensely upon completion of these four projects which will further boost development and create economic multiplier effects in the state, ’’ he said.
Mohd Ekmaluddin said JCCD, formed in 2017 and wholly-owned by the state government, has a database of more than 5,000 Johor-based contractors.
He said some 60% to 70% have benefited from registering with JCCD because it offered professional training to boost their expertise and competency.
Mohd Ekmaluddin said the training courses included development programmes comprising safety, health and environment management and traffic management plan.“In the future, we have plans to offer contractor expertise courses with modules on working at heights, confined spaces and electrical wiring construction training, ’’ he said.Mohd Ekmaluddin said each course offered would be supported by a certified instructor for professional bodies, such as Institute of Engineers Malaysia.
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