Deputy Premier: Sarawak government working to expedite 14 ‘sick’ projects

Uggah (third right) during his working visit to the Limbang (IAC) and the second Sungai Limbang Bridge construction sites on May 26, 2023. Photo credit: Ukas

KUCHING, May 27: The Sarawak government is working on expediting the completion of 14 ‘sick’ projects in the region.

According to a news report from Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas) today, Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said initially, there were 98 critically ill projects, and of that number, 20 were under the federal government, and the rest were under the Sarawak government.

“The process to terminate the existing contracts and appoint new contractors for the federal government projects is very complicated compared to the projects under the Sarawak government, which has a smooth management process implementation, including clear standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“That’s why we (Sarawak government) only have 14 projects left to manage,” he said when met by reporters after a working visit to Limbang Integrated Administrative Centre (IAC) and the second Sungai Limbang Bridge construction sites on Friday (May 26).

Meanwhile, Uggah urged contractors involved in the Limbang IAC project to ensure that there would not be problems related to workforce, machinery or building materials so that the project can be completed according to the schedule, which is September 2024.

“Previously, it was understandable that it was delayed due to rainy seasons, but now that we have good weather, it’s the right time to increase their productivity,” he said.

He also reminded Public Works Department (JKR) to emphasise project planning to catch up with the schedule because its development is not as expected.

“For the second Limbang bridge, there has been some progress, but it is still not enough, and I believe this project will be completed by the end of 2024,” he added. — DayakDaily