• Deputy Works Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said this includes carrying out the best practices implemented by foreign countries, such as China and India, which were seen to be able to complete construction projects in a short period of time.

SEREMBAN (May 14): The Ministry of Works recommends that the parties involved review their methods to shorten the duration of construction projects in the country for the benefit of the people.

Deputy Works Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan (pictured) said this includes carrying out the best practices implemented by foreign countries, such as China and India, which were seen to be able to complete construction projects in a short period of time.

"We have to have the best practice from abroad, at the international level. With that practice, we can speed up projects in our country. This includes in terms of road, building and bridge construction.

"That's what happened. But where we don't reach the time speed standard, I recommend that we can shorten the construction period [of the project] with a certain method. That's my hope. The faster the project is completed, the better it is for the people.

"The manpower issue has been overcome. The important thing is how the construction process needs to be reviewed, so that the process is shortened, including the tender," he told reporters after officiating the project handover ceremony for the construction of a replacement building of 12 classrooms and various facilities at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Sendayan here on Tuesday.

He said construction that takes too long will also certainly involve high financial implications, since the cost of raw materials for construction including cement, iron and sand is always changing.

In another development, he said the road in Kampung Batu 3 Mambau, which collapsed due to heavy rain on Saturday, will be completed within a month, as it is one of the main routes for the surrounding residents, through an allocation amounting to RM500,000.

Earlier, Ahmad said the school building construction project, which started in December 2020, was fully completed on April 2, which was three days earlier than scheduled, with a cost of RM8.2 million.

"Among the scope of this project was the work of demolishing the existing dilapidated building containing four classrooms and constructing a replacement building involving two blocks of four-storey school buildings containing 12 classrooms and other facilities," he said.

Ahmad said the construction of the new building helped deal with the issue of student density, and directly benefited nearly 500 students at the school, who came from the communities around Felda Sendayan.

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