‘I will ensure it moves fast’

First day: Hajiji checking a file after starting work at the Sabah Chief Minister’s Department. — Bernama

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin wants the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway in Sabah to be back on track soon to expedite its completion.

The Deputy Chief Minister said it was absurd that Sabah’s section was seeing less progress compared to Sarawak when the mega project was launched at both states at around the same time.

“Sarawak has already achieved 50% of completion but Sabah only between 18% and 20%.

“It does not makes sense as to why Sarawak can (achieve such progress) and Sabah cannot.

“I will look into the details of this to ensure the project here moves just as fast and ensure the people in Sabah enjoy good road links like other states, ” said Bung Moktar, who is the state’s Public Works Minister, after clocking in on his first day at the ministry’s office yesterday.

Bung Moktar said road infrastructure and clean water supply which were still a problem in Sabah would be his main focus.

“Over the years, I have received information on these issues and providing treated water supply throughout Sabah and upgrading existing roads are one of the (pledges in the) manifesto under Gabungan Rakyat Sabah.

“Hopefully in these five years (during my tenure), we can address that problem in districts facing water supply issues, ” he said, adding that the government would also consider other programmes based on priorities.

Bung Moktar also said the ministry would focus on restructuring the existing programmes based on allocation under the 12th Malaysia Plan.

On the change of the ministry’s name which was previously known as Infrastructure Development Ministry, he said it was what Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor had announced.

Meanwhile, Hajiji began his official duties from his office at the Chief Minister’s Department (JKM), Sabah State Administration Centre, in the morning.

Hajiji, who wore a light brown bush jacket, scanned his fingers at the electronic clock-in machine and smiled at reporters present before entering his office and holding a discussion with JKM officers.

He was scheduled to attend several meetings including with Sabah Deputy Chief Minister and State Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan.

Hajiji, 65, was sworn in on Tuesday as the 16th Chief Minister of Sabah before Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.

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