BEING based in "Pak Lah’s area" probably spurred the excellence of two award-winning Penang Public Works Department (JKR) projects in the North Seberang Prai district.
North Seberang Prai district JKR won the Best JKR District Management Award 2005 while the Sungai Muda Bridge Construction Project team won the Best Infrastructure Project Construction Award 2005.
Heading the teams were engineers Zulkipli Nasri and Chew Poh Lye respectively.
Both teams were honoured during the Penang JKR Malam Sanggar Sanjung held at the Penang Golf Resort in Bertam, Kepala Batas, on Wednesday.
In his address, Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the victory reflected the importance of motivation from leaders.
“While Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi did not oversee the projects in his capacity as Prime Minister, his encouragement had been very beneficial,” said Dr Koh.
He said the Sungai Muda project in Permatang Bendahari was launched by Abdullah himself and that it was completed ahead of schedule.
“JKR has the most important role in ensuring the success of the Ninth Malaysia Plan.
“While the number of projects under Public Works department has not been finalised, the department should consider all projects important regardless of their size,” said Dr Koh, adding that coordination between JKR and other agencies was a key to success.
State JKR director Abdullah Abdul Rahman said the department was improving its delivery system in various ways, such as distributing leaflets to developers to help them obtain speedier approval for their projects.
“We have also received the ISO 14001 certification for environmentally-sensitive projects and will be undergoing an audit at the end of this year for an upgrade to the ISO 9001 certification for project management,” he said in his speech.
North-East district JKR won second place for the Best Building Project Construction Award 2005 for the Pulau Betong mosque while Central Seberang Prai district JKR also took second place in a convention this year to improve quality of work.