Deputy Premier: S’wak JKR capable of utilising RM50mil ceiling sum to implement fed projects in State

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

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KUCHING, Jan 27: The Sarawak Public Works Department (JKR) can utilise the RM50 million ceiling sum to implement federal projects in the State, says Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.

According to the Deputy Premier in a statement today, he assured Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim during his recent visit here that the department had ample experience implementing big projects.

“I am confident JKR will be equal to the task, although this is very challenging given the size of the State,” he said when attending a JKR briefing on the implementation progress of projects, especially for the Kapit Division at the JKR headquarters office at Wisma Saberkas today.

Uggah added it is vital to deliver as scheduled with no compromise on the quality. He explained this is because the Prime Minister had promised that if everything went well, the future value of the allocation could go up.

“As such, from now on, we must resolve any issue which can affect our performance, and we must review our standard operating procedures (SOPs), system, manpower, including ways of doing things,” he said.

On Jan 4, Anwar Ibrahim announced that Sarawak and Sabah would have full control over public development projects costing below RM50 million, including decision-making rights.

Following that, during his recent visit to the State, Anwar Ibrahim said the federal government would consider increasing the RM50 million ceiling sum for projects in Sarawak and Sabah. — DayakDaily