Published on: Friday, January 18, 2013
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, who disclosed this, said the problems were mainly related to acquisition of land for the projects, problematic contractors and relocation of existing utility installations like electrical cables and so on.
He said he has instructed the relevant authorities to resolve these problems soon as possible to prevent further delay.
As for problematic contractors found to have acted irresponsibly and caused delays, they were given a warning with a possibility of being blacklisted if they continued to cause problems.
Speaking to reporters after chairing the State Action Council's first meeting this year at Wisma Innoprise, Thursday, he said among the agenda was a briefing by the Sabah Development Office (SDO) on the performance of Federal-funded projects in the State last year.
Sabah was allocated RM4.366billion (under the second rolling plan of the Tenth Malaysia Plan) for last year for the implementation of the 785 development projects.
"Up until Dec. 31 last year, some RM3.499billion or 80.14 per cent of the total allocated had been spent, which is above the set national average performance," said Musa, who is also Finance Minister.
He said during the meeting, he had asked especially all the Federal and State officers present to work together to ensure whatever project being planned or implemented would be accomplished within the set time period.
Apart from that, he said they must also know the outcome of the implemented projects under their respective purview, especially whether it reaches the set target and that the people are satisfied with it.
Any weakness detected in the project implementation also needs to be rectified and improved, he said.
Musa and his State Cabinet members were also briefed on the performance of school computer laboratories and cabin classes implemented under the Education Ministry in Sabah.
He said up until December last year a total of 124 school computer laboratories were completed and are already in use.
"A total of 240 schools will also be having cabin classes.
The number of cabin classes already completed so far is 424," he said, hoping these will bring much comfort to the teachers and students at the schools concerned which are mostly at remote areas.