SKSWAK to expand to Sabah, Sarawak with immediate effect: Fadillah

KUCHING: The Contractors Trust Fund Scheme (SKWAK) has been expanded to Sabah and Sarawak with immediate effect, said Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

He said grade G2 to G5 contractors registered with Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and Entrepreneurs and Contractors Development Division (BPKU) who obtained federal government projects were eligible to apply for the scheme.

Any Bumiputera contractors, who are interested to apply for the scheme, can contact BPKU office in the two states or liaise directly with the headquarters in Putrajaya, he said when speaking at the National Bumiputera Industrialised Building System (IBS) gathering here today.

He said application under the scheme was expected to be opened in January next year.

He also announced that an outreach course for Bumipitera contractors in Sabah and Sarawak would be implemented on new applications and renewal of applications in the interiors.

Fadillah said his ministry planned to set up a one-stop centre in Miri, Sarawak and Tawau, Sabah to ease the burden of the contractors in term of costs and time to travel back and forth to Kuching or Kota Kinabalu.

His ministry would also issue a Blue Pages that includes a directory of all the entrepreneurs or vendors who were registered with BPKU by next month. -Bernama