Priority for ‘ailing’ federal projects in Sarawak, says minister


KUCHING: “Sick” federal projects in Sarawak will be given priority to ensure their completion, says Works Minister Baru Bian.

He said six major projects in the state were categorised as “sick” or delayed, including Sri Aman Hospital, the Immigration post and quarters in Ba’Kelalan, the Baleh dam access road, the Heart of Borneo interpretation centre and two school projects.

“They will be prioritised as they involve funding from the government.

“Such projects must be salvaged so that the funds allocated to them do not go to waste,” he said after co-chairing the Sarawak joint action council meeting with Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas here yesterday.

Baru added that a committee under his ministry was looking into the projects, including the contributing factors and various parties involved.

“We have to look at them holistically. We want to get the projects completed as soon as possible,” he said.

The RM176.27mil Sri Aman Hos­p­ital project, which is supposed to be completed on Aug 3, is currently only 59.16% ready compared to its scheduled progress of 99.39%.

The Ba’Kelalan Immigration post, SMK Lutong, SMK Tudan and Heart of Borneo interpretation centre projects are at various stages of prog­ress past their scheduled completion dates, which range from last March to May.

The RM1.4bil Baleh dam access road, scheduled for completion in 2021, is progressing at 51.14%, behind its scheduled 77.66%.

Baru, who is also Selangau MP and Ba’Kelalan assemblyman, said the federal and state governments would be working together to monitor the implementation of the projects.

“We don’t want to politicise projects. It is important that all app­roved projects are implemented.

I hope this is clear to all the agencies involved,” he added.

On his part, Uggah assured that the state’s machinery would work with the federal government to ensure that the projects were completed.

“The most important thing is that both of us are committed to seeing that Sarawak gets as many projects as possible,” he said.


   

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