Although stalled projects were inherited by previous government, Minister of Works, Baru Bian says the Pakistan Harapan federal government wishes to tackle ‘sick’ projects in Sarawak for the benefit of the people.
Among the stalled projects are the proposed Sri Aman Hospital, proposed access road to Baleh Dam, proposed quarters for Immigration Post in Ba Kelalan, proposed Semuja Immigration detention depot and the Heritage Trail from Kampung Sungai Bintangor to Kuching Esplanade.
Some of the reasons for the delay were due to the incompetently of the contractors and inaccessibility of rural areas, according to Baru.
“The bottom line is, we are trying to help everyone so that some of the important projects can be completed. We want to help contractors, we want to see how we can help them and what are the main problems that they are facing that had resulted in the ‘sick’ project.
“For me, as a person who knows the situation in Sarawak very well, I want all the projects that had been approved in Sarawak to be implemented with efficiency and be monitored by our friends in Sarawak,” he told a press conference after chairing the Majlis Tindakan Negeri (MTNG) Sarawak meeting here today.
“For those projects that are ‘sick’, what we do now is go to the ground to ask and investigate the contractors’ problems. After that we suggest to them how they should do it.
“What is important is that we move forward together with those who are facing real issues and find out their problems. Then we encourage them and help them. But if they do not want to be helped and not open to our ideas, what can you say?
“But we are very kind and positive as well so that there is no delay in the projects,” he said.