STIMULATING THE ECONOMY THROUGH PUBLIC WORKS
The planning and execution of projects undertaken by the Ministry of Public Works (KKR) in its 100-day Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), amounting to RM 4.28 billion, have boosted the economy and created a multiplier effect that directly benefited the citizens of the country.
Large-scale infrastructure projects forming the basis of Malaysia’s connectivity backbone to connect Keluarga Malaysia or the Malaysian family, crossing different areas, states and territories across the country.
In KKR’s role as the engine of the country’s infrastructure development, all of its initiatives and policies – especially those set out under the Malaysian 100 Day Family Aspiration (AKM) – are introduced in accordance with the needs of the citizens and players in the construction industry, directly impacting citizens in terms of construction quality and safety.
In support of the mission to reset the economy under Malaysia’s 12th Plan, the 100-day AKMs are also a strategy to energize the entire construction industry and its supply chain, while promoting safety on construction sites and reducing accidents involving the public and construction. workers.
With the programs defined in its four AKMs – consisting of the issuance of a letter of acceptance (SST), safety on construction sites, maintenance of potholes and issues related to road connectivity – KKR has successfully achieved 100% of its target objectives.
“The programs implemented under the 100-day AKMs are proof of the commitment of KKR and the construction industry to provide services to all stakeholders,” said the Minister of Public Works, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.
KKR’s biggest achievement during the 100-day period is accelerating the speed of SST transmission, Fadillah said.
KKR successfully issued up to 130 SSTs in 81 days, involving allocations totaling RM4.28bil. This is against the original goal of 120 SST.
Fadillah said, “Speeding up the issuance of OHS to eligible entrepreneurs can help displace and restructure the country’s economy for the well-being and prosperity of its citizens. “
This creates more employment opportunities throughout the construction supply chain and improves cash flow in the market to improve the economy, while realizing facilities for the citizens in the preparation of the infrastructure of the country.
Despite the difficulties encountered in the management of tenders during the various movement control orders and the national recovery plan, KKR has succeeded in balancing the need for the implementation of the construction of infrastructure for citizens in a difficult economic scenario.
“We have set high targets so that high impact projects that can benefit Malaysian citizens can be implemented immediately.
“In this regard, all officers and staff of the ministry and its agencies, especially the Department of Public Works (JKR), have shown a high commitment to ensure that this goal is achieved by the government.
“This has led to results which have exceeded the expectations of the target set earlier, which will have a positive impact on the country,” he added.
The distribution of OHS project emissions according to the various states to date are as follows:
> Perlis: 6
> Keda: 11
> Penang: 6
> Perak: 11
> Selangor: 13
> Kuala Lumpur: 9
> Negri Sembilan: 9
> Melaka: 6
> Johor: 9
> Pahang: 10
> Terengganu: 12
> Kelantan: 11
> Sarawak: 7
> Sabah: 7
> Labuan: 3
During these 100 days, KKR also introduced new regulations and obtained approval from the KKR Policy Committee to strengthen construction industry standards as well as CIDB guidelines for safe working procedures for construction work.
The new regulations will not only ensure the safety and health of construction workers and the public, but will also play a role in increasing public confidence in the government, which Fadillah says still focuses on strengthening good safety and health practices in any construction project.
Between September 1 and November 30, up to 15,973 or 100 percent of potholes on federal roads covering eastern and western Malaysia were repaired within 24 hours.
He said, “All responsible parties should ensure that quality maintenance is the top priority at all times. “
This commitment is underscored at the KKR Aspiration 2021 event in February, which reminded dealers and maintenance contractors to always be productive and responsive at all times, as well as to be the first contact, first on the job. site, first to respond and first to update.
The fourth AKM under KKR concerns issues relating to highway connectivity, which are further broken down into two core issues.
The first is to improve inter-city connectivity through highway connectivity and finalize the deal for a new highway through the Petaling Jaya Dispersal Link (PJD Link) elevated highway privatization project.
“PJD Link will bring direct benefits and stimulate economic growth in areas such as PJ Center, Section 51 Industrial Zone, Taman Medan and Taman Teknologi Bukit Jalil. It is estimated that it will have an impact of RM31 billion on total economic output and create 48,000 job opportunities, ”he said.
At the same time, the second is the restructuring of toll tariffs, which consists in obtaining the government’s approval in principle to conduct negotiations with the concessionary companies of the major highways, in order to reduce the current haulage tariffs in order to lighten the load. highway users.
“The main challenge of this negotiation is to ensure that the proposal put forward by these concession companies takes into account the overall advantages to create a win-win situation for all parties concerned, in particular for the citizens as users of these concessionaires. highways, ”he explained.
Beyond the achievement of the four AKMs entrusted to KKR, there have been some positive recent developments of which Fadillah is proud.
These include the Pothole Surveillance Application System (ASaPP), which has been used by JKR and concession companies to virtually monitor the existence of potholes on federal roads.
The ASaPP streamlined the pothole monitoring system on these roads, allowing road damage repair work to be implemented immediately within 24 hours of receiving a complaint, as well. than a thorough and regular maintenance.
In it, he said members of the public have come together to monitor the environment and road conditions, as well as to report any damage to federal and state roads by filing complaints through 11 complaint channels, or through the Public Complaints Management System for Advisors, better known as SISPAA.
To further stimulate public participation in these efforts, KKR also launched the #KitaJagaJalanKita campaign on November 23.
He said, “We hope that by combining the concerns of the people and the responsibility of the government through joint responsibility as a Malaysian family, we can jointly ensure that the country’s infrastructure, especially the roads, can be monitored and maintained properly. “
New improvements to come
KKR is not resting on its laurels after achieving 100% of its AKMs, because Fadillah is already looking to the future.
Among the areas marked for improvement is the government procurement process, which starts from the method of evaluating bidding documents and technical issues through to the stage of issuance of the STS. This will be done by adapting the latest technologies to take into account the integrity of the relevant work processes.
Other key areas of intervention include improving the implementation and management of project monitoring as well as preparing a service road for the implementation of road infrastructure projects.
The latter, he said, is vital as there are currently no dedicated utility lanes on existing roads, which is why these are often located on road allowances, such as under sidewalks or on the shoulder of the road.
This situation can cause delays in the implementation of road improvement projects due to problems with transfer of public services, expensive transfers of public services, repeated excavations of roads for public services, traffic congestion due road closures for such works and traffic accidents resulting from incomplete operations for utility repair work. .
“The committee that was selected under the Infrastructure cluster coordinated by JKR is examining this problem to suggest the best option to overcome it,” he explained.
For his AKM 100-day KPIs in his newsletter, Fadillah recalled that KKR had succeeded in achieving 100% of its targets.
He added: “It is hoped that this excellent achievement will benefit all target groups, be it from an economic point of view, security or comfort, in accordance with KKR’s motto ‘Towards the prosperity of the people’.
“I also hope that KKR in the future will continue to provide the best service to the Malaysian family and that this achievement will not end after 100 days, but will continue in the years to come. I am confident that the ministry and its agencies have well-equipped agents to carry it out. “