Monday, December 7, 2009

Potty About Pot Holes?

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”

~ Aristotle

My colleague just shared with us about too many potholes around her residential areas and they seem to appear like mushrooms after the rain during this Monsoon Season.

A week ago, I asked someone why was his company holding up payments to the contractor, when most of the time, these ‘developers’ are more than happy to release payments to the contractor to speed up the project.

He told me that one ‘Lembaga’ that look after this type of project suggested that they check the quality of the works done thoroughly – the contents, the techniques, etc. Reasons being that the completed project would last longer, with less repair works in the next 4 to 5 years. Less repair works could be translated to less hiccup to the operations,hence the projected cashflow would not be negatively impacted. I must say I am thankful for the benevolent ‘Lembaga’ and a far-sighted, prudent company.

If you read “Cave-ins on new road spark fears” appeared in The Star on 3 Dec 2009, you would know why it is imperative that all projects must be professionally and conscientiously monitored so ‘the means justify the ends’. It is plain stupid to spend billions when we didn’t get what we ‘ordered’ and simply inhumane to cause financial loss and above all, to allow our ‘tamak haloba’ to cost precious lives of innocent people, who have never been involved in the project’s decision-making.

Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching”, says Thomas Jefferson. As always, I like to extend it as such, “Whenever you do a thing, act as if you are doing it for your loved ones”.

The someone's future is in our hands. Be considerate and gentle.

p.s. I wonder if we could take some actions to ensure that every contract awarded by the municipals is properly carried out?

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