KUCHING: Sarawak’s needs in terms of development are expected to be resolved by the end of the 12th Malaysia Plan period (2021-2025).
In the meantime, the federal government will continue to assess every application made with regards to the state’s developments especially for the rural areas.
“What have been brought up concerning rural development – the need for utilities, rural roads as well as upgrading and rebuilding of dilapidated schools in Sarawak – I have given my assurance that we will assist in their development,” said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob during a media conference following his maiden visit to Sarawak as premier on Saturday (Oct 23).
“I have also said that by the end of 12MP, all arising issues will be resolved. The federal government will assess the applications for development projects in this state particularly in its rural areas.”
Earlier, he attended a briefing by the state government on its development plans until 2030 at a leading hotel here.
“I have been given the full picture on the development in Sarawak and its plans to make Sarawak a developed state by 2030.
“This is as well as issues which need the support of the federal government in terms of funding,” he said.
The premier also visited the site of the Petra Jaya Hospital here to monitor the progress of the project.
“I was told by the Public Works Department (JKR) that the hospital is scheduled for completion by 2024. I hope the project can be completed on schedule and we will also discuss with the Health Ministry on the posting of medical specialists here,” he said.
Ismail added there was a need for continuous monitoring of government projects to ensure that such projects were implemented within the given time.
“If there is no monitoring, the projects can fail and we have to take action by appointing a ‘salvage’ contractor. If possible, I want to avoid that.
“If a project is delayed, it would incur higher costs and will also be a loss to the people who needs the hospital facilities in their area,” he said.