KUALA LUMPUR (March 31): The 2021 Maintenance Contractors Development Programme (PPKP) has been launched today to assist small contractors generate income in the current challenging economic situation in the country.
Senior Works Minister, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said the programme is also a strategic intervention between the government and maintenance concession companies in providing opportunities to small contractors to remain active in the maintenance of federal roads.
“The Works Ministry has obtained a supplementary allocation of RM200 million under Budget 2021 especially for PPKP.
“PPKP will benefit 563 small contractors comprising contractors from G1 to G4 nationwide. From the total, RM100 million is allocated to 336 small contractors in the Peninsula and RM100 million more is for 227 small contractors in Sarawak and Sabah,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after launching the PPKP programme here yesterday.
Commenting further, Fadillah said the programme could also curb issues relating to sale of contracts and project cartel.
“A contractor is chosen from those who are registered with the Malaysian Construction Industry Board (CIDB) and has to go through a selection process by an independent committee comprising Works Department, representatives of the government and concession holders.
“Apart from assisting them to generate income, it is hoped the issue of selling contract and project cartel which we are aware is taking place in the grassroots would be addressed...if we found a certain contractor sells contract we will ensure the committee take stern action such as not awarding them projects in future,” he said.
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