Sabah, S’wak YBs to be briefed on ‘sick’ projects
Published on: Thursday, November 25, 2021
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Kuala Lumpur: All lawmakers have the mandate and right to raise issues pertaining to “sick projects” as well as basic necessities at the respective constituencies.

This, according to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, is in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakub’s Keluarga Malaysia slogan.

“I believe at the constituency level, both the government and opposition YBs (Yang Berhormats) must meet the needs of our constituents, and you (YB) have the mandate and right to raise any development requirements or issues to the Chief Minister and submit a report to the Prime Minister.

“The government is very concern with the people’s needs, and we are working hard to ensure these demands are met, in line with PM’s Keluarga Malaysia slogan,” said Ongkili in replying to a question from Papar Member of Parliament, Ahmad Hassan, during the Minister’s Question Time session in Parliament, Wednesday.

He noted that Ismail was once quoted saying that the next five years are very crucial for Sabah and Sarawak as this is the opportunity to catch up with the development in Peninsular Malaysia.

To a question from Beaufort Member of Parliament Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun, Ongkili noted that a briefing will be organised for Sabah and Sarawak lawmakers on the development projects in their respective states, including those categorised as “sick”, as and when requested.

The Kota Marudu Member of Parliament told the augur House that most of the “sick projects” have either been raised in the Federal Cabinet, Prime Minister’s Department or the Chief Secretary to the Government level, before it is directed to the respective State Federal Secretaries (SUP) for further action.

“The SUPs in Sabah and Sarawak will then go down to the ground, visit these problematic projects, talk to the contractors, issue warnings and find the best approach to overcome the problem,” he said.

Ongkili disclosed that the Sabah and Sarawak Affairs Department (BHESS) is only indirectly involved in project monitoring, except through the Federal Secretary’s office in both states.

“BHESS is responsible for coordinating issues pertaining to the Sabah and Sarawak claims as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), and act as the secretariat for the Special Council on MA63 (MKMA63) and managing its four working committees.”

The working committees are - Equal Partner (to discuss the amendments on Article 1(2) and Article 160(2) to redefine the word “Federal”); Security in Sabah and Sarawak (to discuss issues pertaining to Sarawak borders, immigration such as IMM13, Burung-Buring, Kad Banci and large presence of illegal immigrants in Sabah); Socio-Economy (to discuss on basic infrastructure needs for Sabah and Sarawak) and Special Grants under Article 112D of the Federal Constitution (to discuss on the revision to the special grant payments).

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