Projects temporarily suspended due to MCO

Datuk Abdul Rahman Junaidi. Photo: Ummi Munirah

KUCHING:  The Rural Transformation Project (RTP) and Sarawak Poor Home Improvement Programme (PPRMS) in Pantai Damai constituency are temporarily suspended during the movement control order (MCO).

Pantai Damai assemblyman Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi stated that the decision to temporarily suspend the projects is in accordance with the directives from the federal government.

He said majority of the projects in his constituency are for the people and he seeks their understanding on why there is no progress made during the two weeks.  

“I hope that the people will understand this in light of the current situation. The directive is part of the measures to break the chain of transmission for Covid-19.

“The contractors have to stop with construction works immediately, but we will appeal for extension of time. Most of the projects in my constituency involve RTP and PPRMS,” he said.

Abdul Rahman who is also the Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and Kuching North City Commission) disclosed that a total of 34 RTP projects were implemented in 2020 and there will be another 32 projects this year.

“As of May this year, a total of 124 PPRMS projects had been implemented. All of the projects are in progress according to the schedule.

“However, it cannot be denied that progress of some projects was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof recently said all construction works nationwide must be stopped during the total lockdown period except for those listed under the critical services list.