KUCHING: The Federal Government will continue to give priority to "sick" projects in Sarawak to ensure that they will be completed, says Works Minister Baru Bian.
He said six major projects in the state were categorised as "sick", including the Sri Aman hospital, the immigration post and quarters in Ba'Kelalan, the access road to the Baleh dam, the Heart of Borneo interpretation centre and two school projects.
"The sick projects will be prioritised because they involve funding from the government.
"Therefore, we are concerned that such projects must be salvaged and looked into so that the funds allocated for them will not go to waste," he told reporters after co-chairing the Sarawak joint action council meeting here on Friday (June 28).
The meeting was jointly chaired by Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.
Baru said a committee under his ministry was looking into the sick projects, including the contributing factors and the various parties involved.
"We have to look at them holistically. We want to have the sick projects done as soon as possible," he said.
He also said the federal and state governments were committed to working together to monitor the implementation of projects in Sarawak, as shown by Uggah's presence as the joint action council's co-chairman.
"For me, development is apolitical. We don't want to politicise projects.
"It's important that all approved projects are implemented. I hope this is clear to all the agencies and staff involved," Baru said.
Agreeing, Uggah gave assurance that the state government's machinery and agencies would work with the Federal Government to ensure that projects were implemented according to schedule.
"I also agree that we should not politicise projects. The most important part is that both of us are committed to see that Sarawak will get as many projects as possible.
"We are lagging in a number of sectors and we hope in the future this can be addressed," he said.