By John Isaac
THE Sarawak state government has nothing to do with the RM800 million Jiwa Murni road project linked to the arrest of two company directors by the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Jemut Masing said the roads in question are not Sarawak Public Works Department (JKR) roads.
“The state government has no connection either with the funding or award of contracts to build Jiwa Murni roads in Sarawak,” he said in a statement reported by the New Sarawak Tribune.
Masing who is Infrastructure and Ports Development Minister was responding to a front page report on the arrest of the two individuals by a local daily, which insinuated that the roads involved in the Jiwa Murni project included JKR built roads.
The project was reported to involve the upgrading of 10 rural roads in Miri, Kapit, Ba’ Kelalan, Limbang and Belaga.
It is understood that both arrested individuals are partners who owned three companies that monopolised the project, which was awarded by the Defence ministry from 2010 to 2016.
The local daily reported that the government had instructed the state JKR to take over the management of the road repair works which however would double the cost.
It also reported that one of the four contractors appointed by JKR to take over the project was a company belonging to the two suspects, adding that the suspects’ companies should have been blacklisted.