Tok Pa: Govt speeding up development projects to minimise effects of Covid-19 pandemic on economy

PETALING JAYA: The government is committed to speeding up development projects next year to minimise the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy, says Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (pic).

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economic Affairs) said that to revitalise the economy, the government had provided provisions for the implementation of small and medium projects in the Economic Stimulus Package (PRE) and the Prihatin package worth RM4bil.

Mustapa said that as of November, a total of 8,157 out of 8,559 projects had been offered to class G1, G2 and G3 contractors under PRE while for 4,658 Prihatin projects, 3,758 of them were offered to contractors of the same class.

He added that the government allocated RM69bil for development expenditure in Budget 2021,45% of which is for the continuation of projects while 55% is for new projects.

“The role of public sector spending is critical during this period as the private sector, including small and medium enterprises, face the challenge of moving and restoring the economy, ” he said in a statement on Tuesday (Dec 1).

He said that while there was no problem in implementing the 3,834 existing projects, it was important for early planning to ensure that the implementation of 2,558 new projects in 2021 was smooth.

Mustafa said that on Tuesday, he and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali had chaired the Development Project Implementation Planning meeting for next year, and identified methods to expedite the implementation of both existing and new projects.

“The government finds that steps taken to expedite development expenditure allocation through the relaxation of some regulations during the MCO had a positive impact on project implementation, ” he said, adding that the meeting identified some measures to improve and relax procedures, which will be continued in 2021.

He added that the meeting directed all ministries to submit their plans for the implementation of development projects for next year to the Chief Secretary of the Government’s office by Dec 31.

“This planning includes the expected date for tender call and the start date of implementations. It is also required to identify the problems that may arise, ” he said.

“The government remains committed to ensuring that all projects planned for the people can be implemented immediately. These extended and new projects are important for the well-being of the people and to mobilise the economy. They can bridge the gap in development between regions, ” added Mustapa.

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