KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor issued a stern directive today to all department heads and district officers to speed up implementation of Federal development projects in the state.
“With six more months to go, I want all department heads and district officers to take note of the issues impeding implementation. Do your best to implement and complete them this year,” he said when chairing the State Development Action Council (MTPNg) meeting at Menara Kinabalu near here on Tuesday (20 June 2023).
The Chief Minister wants a detailed progress report at the next MTPNg meeting this September.
Sabah had been allocated RM6.05 billion in the National Budget this year, the third highest after Federal Territory and Selangor.
However, under the Third Rolling Plan of the 12th Malaysia Plan, only 21.61 per cent of the 1,181 projects for Sabah have been implemented.
With time running out fast, the Chief Minister said the State Government had proposed the setting up of a Trust Fund where unused allocation for the year can be kept and used for the coming year.
Director-General of the Implementation and Coordination Unit in the Prime Minister’s Depertment, Dato’ Sri Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz attended the meeting.
Also present were Deputy Chief Ministers – Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Joachim Gunsalam and Datuk Ir Shahelmey Yahya, Community Development and People’s Wellbeing Datuk James Ratib, Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ellron Angin, State Secretary Datuk Seri Panglima Sr Safar Untong and Sabah Development
Officer Samsul Dollah.
The meeting was told that under the MyProjek data as at June 12, 2023, some 141 projects below RM50 million worth a total of RM1.6 billion will be delegated to the State Government through the Public Works Department (JKR) and Department of Irrigation and Drainage.
“In this respect, I urge all MTPNg committee members to take heed of this and do the necessary, reminding all that the Prime Minister in his address to the state and federal civil service last February had given six months to see the efficacy of the move.
“There should be no more excuses of waiting for approval from the Federal as the reason for projects being delayed. The rakyat and the government will be on the losing end if there is a delay in implementing approved projects,” he said.
Hajiji also urged the various department heads and district officers to realise the zerohardcore poor agenda by end of this year as propounded by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“I want all district officers to go down the ground and verify the details of those categorised as hardcore poor in their respective areas. We want their actual status to be recorded,” he said.
The Chief Minister also urged relevant departments weighed down with “sick projects” to terminate non-performing contractors which had hindered completions of projects.
Among the sick projects were those under the Education Ministry and Health Ministry.