May 12, 2022

Deputy PM urges construction companies in S’wak to train skills of local workers

Uggah (fourth from right) and Safri (third from right) join other officials and contractor representatives at the project site.

KUCHING (April 23): Construction companies in Sarawak have been urged to recruit more local workers and train them in the latest specialist skills needed on the job.

Sarawak Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said this could solve the problem of shortage of such workers, which could affect the completion schedule of local projects.

According to him, the option would also allow Sarawak to build its pool of skilled workers.

“Then we won’t have to depend so much on foreigners,” he said after attending a briefing on the progress of construction of the RM467 million Bintulu-Jepak Bridge, which crosses the Kuala Kemena , at the contractor’s office here in Bintulu today.

Uggah, who is also Minister of Ports and Infrastructure Development, also called on relevant authorities to speed up visa approvals for foreign skilled workers.

He said these skilled workers are needed to carry out some major infrastructure projects in Sarawak.

As for the Bintulu-Jepak bridge, it is a joint venture between PPES Works (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd and a Chinese company, the China Communications Construction Company (M) Sdn Bhd.

It is expected to be completed on September 28, 2023.

Also present was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Ports and Infrastructure Development, Datu Safri Zainuddin.