KUCHING: Former Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof quashed the notion that the Lawas Hospital project is a ‘sick project’.
He said that the project was supposed to be continued after the 14th general election (GE14), but was scrapped by Pakatan Harapan (PH).
Fadillah said that it was simply untrue for the federal government to describe the delayed project as ‘sick’.
“It was a healthy project and that if it turned ‘sick’ it was because it was scrapped by the PH government,” Fadillah said in a statement yesterday.
“As stressed by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, it cannot be described as ‘sick’ as it had yet to be tendered out,” he added.
Awang Tengah who is also Bukit Sari assemblyman had questioned as to how the project could be described as ‘sick’.
“The status of the project is unknown until Works Minister Baru Bian announced yesterday (last Saturday) that the project will be continued,” said Fadillah.
He thanked the federal government for taking up the project but reiterated that other pledges made by the coalition pre-GE14 have to be fulfilled as well.
“These include returning 20 per cent oil and gas royalty and 50 per cent taxes to be returned to Sarawak,” said Fadillah.
On the repair of dilapidated schools, the Petra Jaya MP said that efforts do to so were started by the previous federal government.
“The budget allocated for the purpose was also bigger than that of the Pakatan Harapan government.
“Sarawak paid its loan in advance for the school repairs to be expedited. This was the decision of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Fadillah added that it is the hope of the state that the repair process is expedited.