Pahang to help complete projects

Saifuddin and Wan Rosdy (centre) at a meeting at Wisma Persekutuan. — Bernama

KUANTAN: The Pahang government will facilitate where it can to complete federal projects approved in the state.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, who was appointed co-chairman of the state Action Council, said the state government’s approach was to put the people first even though it held a different political ideology from the Federal Government.

Wan Rosdy said his appointment could be seen as a way to find common ground in resolving issues that may arise from Federal Government-approved projects in Pahang.

“If there is any problem with projects or if they are not carried out according to schedule, we can put our heads together and discuss ways to resolve them, ” he said after chairing the council meeting with Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah here.

Saifuddin said that up to Dec 23,335 projects had been or were being implemented in Pahang under the 4th Rolling Plan 2019 of the 11th Malaysia Plan.

“Statistics show that 13 projects are in the planning phase, 258 in implementation phase and 64 completed.

“Pahang recorded an expenditure rate of more than 70%, which is RM1.584bil spent out of the RM2.251bil allocated for 2019, ” he said.

As for projects under the federal special allocation, Saifuddin said 2,646 projects had been approved with an allocation of RM156.64mil.

“Of these, 2,483 projects have been completed, 128 are being implemented and 35 have yet to begin, ” he said.

Saifuddin said he had been informed that the unfinished projects were not due to financial issues, which meant it could be expedited.

“The question is how to speed up and reduce sick projects as well as delayed projects, ” he said.

On the poverty eradication programme in Pahang, Saifuddin said 23,919 heads of families had registered for eKasih, of whom 1,309 were hardcore poor while 3,808 were from the poor category.“Kuantan is the district with the highest number of eKasih participants at 22.6%, followed by Pekan at 13.7%, ” he said.

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