We have about 68,000 registered Kelas F Bumiputra contractors. However, the new tender regulations are depriving them of any opportunity to get any government jobs worth RM200,000 and below.
Why? If we read the tender notices in local newspapers, there is this additional prerequisite which only a few of them acquire. Previously, they only need to produce their PKK (Pusat Khidmat Kontraktor) registration cert to buy tender forms.
However, the government has added that its a MUST for them to produce their CIDB (Construction Industry Development Board) 'Kelas 1' certificate before buying any tender forms.
As far as the Bumi contractors are concerned, it is a method which dampens their hope to participate in small public projects.
Whose idea was it, we need to know and I personally believe this system needs to be reviewed before this contractors have to close shop!