SEREMBAN: With Covid-19 looming in the background, the Negri Sembilan government has decided to continue with the exercise to award federal-funded road maintenance projects via live streaming.
In the first exercise this year, 443 contracts costing between RM80,000 and RM100,00 each were awarded through secret ballot broadcast live via the state Public Works Department (PWD) Facebook page.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said the online event, witnessed by representatives from the Bumiputra Contractors Association and the state Integrity Unit, was held to check the spread of the virus.
“This exercise is to prevent contractors from coming here and crowding the hall.
“Since Seremban is still under the conditional movement control order, we decided to play our part in helping the authorities check the spread of the disease, ” he said.
The entire exercise involved an allocation of almost RM42mil from the Malaysian Road Records Information System (Marris).
The projects, he said, should begin in April and completed in June.
Aminuddin said the state government had also carried out a similar exercise last May and September, with the move receiving support from the contractors as well as the general public.
“Last year, we awarded 724 similar projects worth some RM90mil under the state’s economic stimulus package during the MCO, ” he said.
Aminuddin expressed hope that the successful G1 contractors would adhere to all Covid-19 standard operating procedure.