The recent completion of a simple wooden jetty at Kampung Mutap in Bekenu, Sarawak has sparked a huge debate on social media with many questioning the quality of work produced, as well as its costs.
The photo of the wooden jetty was originally shared by JKR Sarawak on social media and it immediately caught the eyes of netizens and many accused that this is just another project of cronies.
In the Facebook post, JKR Sarawak said the handover ceremony of the completed project was held on 6 April.
The project started on 7 March and was completed way ahead of schedule on 1 April. This jetty was built to replace the damaged old jetty that could no longer be used. The bridge was build under JKR Miri’s supervision and the scope of work is to construct a jetty measuring 1m wide x 15m long.
The department said the jetty will make it easier for the residents of Kampung Mutap to carry out daily activities. It added that it is especially useful during floods and high tides because the villagers will use the river route as an alternative route to the Bekenu Market.
JKR Sarawak also revealed that the contractor is Bukit Balat Company, which is a state government contractor with an office in Miri.
50k for that…..yesss 50k…RM50,000 pic.twitter.com/CA1xqOnR5V— Tuai Rumah Kitai (@TuaiRumahKitai) April 10, 2022
However, netizens were not convinced that the wooden jetty would cost RM50,000 to build. Many have been questioning the breakdown of the project cost and some believed that a better one would be build given the amount of budget allocated.
Some even estimated that such a jetty should cost around RM5,000 and not more.
Many also cry foul that cronyism is thriving, whereby politically connected business people are said to prosper by using defective material and skimping on quality.
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