Awang Tengah: Crucial devt projects cancelled by previous PH govt will be reinstated

Awang Tengah (seated centre) with the recipients of the land compensation.

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SIBU, Sept 20: Development projects that have been cancelled by the previous Pakatan Harapan government will be reinstated, as they will benefit the people.

Speaking at the presentation of land compensation today, Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, cited these projects as bridges, road upgrades, water supply, telecommunication and electricity projects which were cancelled by the PH government during its 22 months in power.

A total of 318 landowners affected by the construction of three projects, namely the Pasai-Siong Road, Baleh-Mapai 500kv Overhead Transmission Line Project Sibu/Kapit, and New Sibu Prison Site project received their compensation amounting to RM10,392,892 at the function.

Awang Tengah added that the Federal government and the State government are trying to revive these projects.

“These projects were approved by the government under Barisan Nasional (BN). However, when PH took over, they terminated most of the development projects for Sarawak after only in 22 months in power.

“Luckily, the Federal government under PN led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob have reapproved some of the allocations for these projects.

“Our State government under Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg is working to ensure the continuation and implementation of all those projects.

“We (GPS government) know that these projects are important for the development of our State,” he said.

Awang Tengah also noted that the state government has allocated 2.3 billion for two years under Rural Electrification Scheme (RES) to ensure that they can improve the reliability of power supply throughout the region.

“The State government has spent RM4 billion within two years for water supply projects, especially in the rural areas.

“However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent Movement Control Order (MCO), some of the projects could not be implemented according to schedule.

“But now Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas is busy going to the ground to make sure the projects progress accordingly,” he stressed. — DayakDaily