Deputy Premier: Officers involved in MIPD projects may have to put in longer hours next year

Uggah (third right) with Majang (fourth left) and Aidel (second right) cutting a Christmas cake at the gathering.

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KUCHING, Dec 9: Officers involved in projects implemented by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Port Development (MIPD) might have to put in longer office hours to strategise and coordinate plans in 2023, says Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

The Deputy Premier, who is also minister for MIPD said his ministry has been allocated with RM795.7 million to carry out land and riverine infrastructure projects as well as government and public buildings.

According to him, this involves officers from the Public Works Department (JKR) and Port Authorities.

“This is part of your contributions to the state development and in supporting the Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030) agenda,” said Uggah.

He said this at the ministry annual gathering-cum pre-Christmas Dinner here last night.

Uggah pointed out that ports played very important role in achieving the PCDS 2030 objective for Sarawak to be high income society by 2030.

To achieve this, he said, Sarawak must have modern port facilities to enhance efficiency, and it should be capable of receiving main line operators, as well as be able to increase profits.

“We have a Port Masterplan Study starting with the Miri Port Authority first. We hope by June next year we can come up with proposals to the government on the way forward for our ports,” he said.

Meanwhile, Uggah announced that the Sarawak government has approved grants of RM15 million to assist mission schools next year.

He said it will benefit some 127 schools. — DayakDaily