KOTA KINABALU: Financial constrains have forced the Federal Government to use private initiatives to deliver projects to all states, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Due to financial constraints caused by the previous Barisan Nasional government, he said funds were insufficient to carry out projects in various states.
“Development projects have slowed down as the government inherited debts from the previous government.
“It is slow not only for Sabah but also for the other states,” he said when asked about delayed federal projects in the state.
“To overcome these obstacles, we need to give the private sector to do (the projects). But first, we must make sure they are genuine.”
Dr Mahathir was here yesterday on a three-hour stopover to attend a buka puasa event with state leaders and local communities at Masjid Bandaraya.
On the delay of the Pan Borneo Highway project, he said the Public Works Department (PWD) had taken over the project and it was now up to the PWD to deliver.
Earlier, some 20 underprivileged people received tithe donations and Hari Raya goodies from Dr Mahathir, who also spent time chatting with senior citizens present.
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