Posted on : 16 Apr 2019  Source of News: Utusan Borneo

KUCHING: Local Bumiputera contractors have to equip themselves with relevant skills to ensure that they are competitive enough to enjoy the benefit of development projects.

This too would help to eradicate the ‘Ali Baba’ mentality as this way of doing business is no longer lucrative, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

Such contractors may end up not get any tenders at all, he added.

The Ali Baba business practice refers to an arrangement whereby a Bumiputera-owned company after obtaining a contract from the government sub-contracts it to a non-Bumiputera company.

He said the government of the day had announced a big allocation for infrastructural development, including roads and water and electricity supplies.

Therefore local Bumiputera contractors have to be prepared so as not to miss any golden opportunities from this development, he said.

“We want you all to get involved in large scale infrastructure development, ” he said when officiating at a contractors’ symposium at Layar community hall in Betong yesterday (Thursday).

“Equip your companies with relevant skills and facilities so that you can provide quality services and satisfy the client’s needs. Only excellent contractors with good track records can get future or subsequent tenders,” he said.

However Awang Tengah disclosed that allocation from the federal government was not enough to meet the cost of projects in Sarawak and therefore the Sarawak government this year has taken the approach to allocate the biggest budget for infrastructural development thus far.

“We need to improve the quality of life of rural folks and this approach would hasten the process,” said Awang Tengah.

More than 300 contractors from around Betong division participated in the symposium.

Among those present were Assistant Minister for Industrial Development Malcolm Mussen Lamoh and Saribas assemblyman Mohammad Razi Sitam.