KUALA LUMPUR: The Public Works Department (JKR) has been directed to cancel contracts given to contractors who failed to start work within a month of getting them.
Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the contractors must show their seriousness in carrying out work immediately.
“When work is handed over to a contractor, if there is no work in the first month, cancel the contract. There is no need to wait for six months,” he said after opening the “Industrialised Building Systems (IBS) Road Show 2003” here yesterday.
Samy Vellu said there were many capable and qualified contractors, particularly among the bumiputras, who could be given the projects that earlier contractors failed to undertake.
“It is very sad that with the huge number of bumiputra contractors, the Government does not have that number of projects to be given out. They should not be dependent on the Government but scout for opportunities in foreign countries,” he said.
Samy Vellu said the JKR is one of the most effective government departments although some people have different perceptions.
“They bully the JKR by calling them names like Jangan Rajin Kerja. The department is efficient, having specialists to face any situation.
“When a JKR engineer retires, they immediately take him to work. They know the JKR engineers are among the best,” he said.
On the IBS, he said the construction industry should adopt it to reduce dependency on foreign labour.
“The new system, if implemented, will reduce the hundreds of thousands of foreign workers by about 60%,” he said.
Samy Vellu said there was a need to move from dirty, difficult and dangerous construction work to high technology, quality and an attractive career in the industry.
“The time has come for the aggressive promotion of the IBS system, in which structural components are manufactured in a factory, on or off site, transported and assembled into a structure or building with minimal additional site work,” he said.
He added that only 15% of the construction sector was using this system.