GOVERNMENT agencies like Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the Public Works Department (JKR) should blacklist contractors who carry out poor road maintenance jobs, especially repairing potholes, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
The Alliance for Safe Community chairman said blacklisting would not only keep bad contractors from bidding for future government jobs, but would also ensure that only qualified contractors got the job.
Utility contractors, he said, should also be penalised for bad road repairs.
“DBKL or JKR should not issue permits to contractors who perform poorly as a deterrent, to ensure quality control and a system of check and balance, ’’ he said.
Lee was commenting on StarMetro report last week headlined “Smoothing over pothole problems”, in which Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah warned utility contractors who did shoddy jobs of patching up roads after laying pipes and cables.
The mayor had said at least 40% of potholes in Kuala Lumpur were a direct result of works carried out by utility contractors, and those who failed to do a proper job would face hefty bills and may end up losing their security deposits.
“Shoddy work aside, the authorities should also acknowledge that some potholes are a result of leaky pipes underneath.
“Some of these pipes are easily between 40 and 50 years old, and need to be replaced, ’’ Lee said, adding that it was time DBKL and Air Selangor addressed these problems that affected the public.
He also touched on the problem of bad road conditions in areas where construction was going on.
“Often, where there is construction work, there are bad roads.
“DBKL should take the developer or contractor to task and ensure that they are accountable for the condition of roads in the area where the project is located.
“I speak from experience as a former member of the DBKL Advisory Board.
“I know just how much damage tipper lorries and tractors can do to a road, ” he said, adding that DBKL must make public safety its utmost priority.