SEREMBAN: Concerned over the plight of small contractors following the outbreak of Covid-19, the Negri Sembilan government will expedite the awarding of small infrastructure projects through a live-stream balloting exercise on May 21.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun (pic) said 426 projects worth some RM34.5mil will be awarded as his administration takes steps to stimulate the domestic economy.
He said by submitting their bids online via the state Public Works Department website (www.jkrns.ns.gov.my), the G1-class contractors will not have to physically buy and submit tender documents.
“We also do not want them to crowd the PWD and other offices to submit these tender documents due to the conditional movement control order (MCO).
“They can submit their tenders online from May 7 and the closing date is on May 10, ” he said, adding that this was the first time the exercise was being carried out online.
Aminuddin said the small infrastructure projects are worth less than RM100,000 each and involved the construction, maintenance, and repair works of roads, community halls and other public facilities.
On another matter, he said the state government will decide today on whether to fully follow the Federal Government’s conditional MCO.
He said his administration will gather feedback from more parties before making the decision.
“All state excos as well as the state legal and finance officers have given their views on this and we will decide this Friday (today) at the state-level National Security Council meeting, ” he told reporters after chairing the state exco meeting at Wisma Negri here yesterday.
The Negri Sembilan government had relaxed several restrictions under the conditional MCO announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhriddin Yassin on May 1 which include opening up approved sectors of the economy.
However it did not allow food and beverage outlets to open for dine-ins for the time being.
Sports or social activities were also prohibited as the number of active cases here then was still high.
Aminuddin said the main wet market will be reopened after getting the green-light from the health authorities.
The Seremban City Council closed the market on Sunday after some of the traders were found to have come into close contact with wholesalers from the Selayang market who had tested positive for the virus.
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