In a momentous address in Kuala Lumpur, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi underscored the imperative role of government project contractors in enhancing quality, productivity, and professionalism. Hamidi emphasized the need for timely project completion and highlighted the importance of treating awarded projects as a trust and responsibility.
Zahid's Message to Contractors
Delivered through his Political Secretary Datuk Mohd Razlan Muhammad Rafii, Hamidi's speech at the annual dinner and inauguration of the 44th Annual General Meeting of the Malay Contractors Association of Malaysia was a call to arms for contractors. The event also marked the launch of the New Generation Contractors Council of the association.
Hamidi insisted that contractors must fulfill their obligations to others, a sentiment that resonated deeply within the audience. The Deputy Prime Minister's message was clear: The projects are not just contracts, but the lifeblood of the nation's infrastructure and its people's lives.
Challenges and Changes in the Contracting Landscape
Hamidi also touched on the significant changes in the contracting landscape, stressing that Bumiputera contractors, if they continue to work hard with a focus on creativity and competitiveness, will be able to seize opportunities and adapt to new norms full of challenges and transformations.
Government's Commitment to Data Security
Amidst the conversations surrounding project management, Hamidi also assured Malaysians that the government holds their personal data securely within the digital identification system. Dismissing concerns about third-party involvement, he maintained that the confidentiality of personal data is the government's top priority. This commitment to safeguarding personal information signifies the government's dedication to the welfare of its citizens.
Furthermore, Hamidi announced the expected launch of the National Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Policy in June 2024. He highlighted the crucial role of collaboration between the government and the private sector in TVET education, indicating the government's forward-thinking approach in fostering a skilled workforce for the future.