Tuesday, September 22

Only two pct Rural Transformation Programme projects classified as ‘sick’


ONLY two per cent or 139 of the 10,001 Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) projects approved in Sarawak from 2015 to September this year have been categorised as ‘sick projects’.

This was disclosed yesterday by Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali.

“For 2019, out of the 2,641 approved RTP projects, only 66 projects or 2.5 per cent are categorised as ‘sick projects.’

“Among the causes for this are poor management and financial problems of contractors, site problems and difficulty in bringing construction material to the project site,” she said in response to a question from Mohamad Chee Kadir (GPS-Kabong) during the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting yesterday.

On the latest status of ‘sick projects’ in Kabong constituency, Sharifah Hasidah said only the upgrading works for ‘Pusat Penjaja Simpang Nyabor-Kabong has been categorised as ‘sick.

The project was supposed to have been completed on Feb 14 this year.

According to her, the project could not be completed as the contractor is still waiting for electricity connectivity from Sesco.

She said Saratok District Council had written a letter to Sesco Sri Aman on October 25 enquiring about the cost of connecting electricity for the trading centre.