70 projects out of 514 completed; 344 in progress: PWD

KOTA KINABALU: As of November this year, the Sabah Public Works Department (PWD) has completed 70 projects or 13.6 per cent of the 514 projects listed in its current development programmes.Its director, John Anthony, said yesterday that 344 or 66.7 per cent of the projects were progressing as scheduled, 66 (13 per cent) were delayed and 34 (6.7 per cent) were “sick”.

“The projects include the construction of roads, culverts and schools, that is, projects under the state and federal governments.

“Although our achievement may not be 100 per cent, it has shown some positive results. Some of the expenditures may not be up to the expected targets because of the various problems which were either not anticipated earlier or beyond our control,” he said, adding that these projects were all under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP).

Asked about the sick projects, he said contractors who did not do the job properly would be issued warnings and if they still did not improve their performance their contracts would be terminated.

John said the Sabah PWD had set a high target of between 85 and 95 per cent of projects implemented (completed and ongoing) by the end of the 9MP period, compared with the national target of 85 per cent.

“We are quite optimistic because we still have one year to go,” he added. — Bernama

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