Ahmad Mazlan calls for speedier construction methods to benefit rakyat

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SEREMBAN, May 14: The Ministry of Works (KKR) has recommended that parties involved construction projects in the country to review their construction methods and shorten their duration for the people’s benefit.

Its Deputy Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan, said this included carrying out the best practices like those implemented by China and India, which were seen to be able to complete construction projects in their respective countries within a short period of time.

“We have to have the best practices from abroad and with that, we can speed up projects in our country, and this includes road, building and bridge construction.

“I recommend that we can shorten the construction period (of projects) with certain (improved) methods…my hope is that the faster a project is completed, the better it is for the people.

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

He said if the construction of projects took too long, it would also cause high financial implications since the cost of raw materials for construction including cement, iron and sand was always changing.

Ahmad said the Sendayan school building project, which began in December 2020, was fully completed in April this year at a cost of RM8.2 million.

The project entailed the demolishing of an existing dilapidated building consisting of four classrooms and constructing a replacement building involving two blocks of four-storey school buildings comprising 12 classrooms and other facilities.

Ahmad said the construction of the new school building would benefit nearly 500 students from communities around Felda Sendayan.

In another development, he said the road in Kampung Batu 3 Mambau, which collapsed due to heavy rain last Saturday, would will be completed immediately, at least within a month, as it was one of the main routes for the surrounding residents. An allocation of RM500,000 will be made for the purpose.