By Jacob Achoi
KUCHING, July 8: The two delayed projects in Kampung Sapit in upper Padawan are under cost review by the Public Works Department (JKR).
The projects are the construction of a chapel and the village road upgrade works with initial costs of RM200,000 and RM150,000 respectively which was launched in November last year with an expected completion date of four months.
According to Deputy Minister of Transport I Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, the delay of the projects was because of the difficulties faced by the contractor to transport the materials due to the steep and winding road to the village.
“Overall, the projects under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) in Mambong area stand at about 70 per cent implementation, except for a few projects, which among them are the two projects in Kampung Sapit.
“For the two projects, we are discussing with JKR to handle the issue due to the rising cost of materials and the difficult faced by the contractor because we want the projects to start as soon as possible,” Dr Jerip told reporters today.
For the record, Dr Jerip himself launched both projects in November last year.
He earlier presented minor rural projects (MRP) and MyKhas grant at Padawan sub-district office in Bayur, Jln Borneo Heights to 64 organisations from Mambong area worth RM780,000.
Present at the function were Sarawak Administrative Officer (SAO) from Padawan sub-district office Julius Scott Sapong, Pemanca Raymond Jihap and president of Persatuan Usahawan Bidayuh Penrissen (PUBP) Jores Sidek. — DayakDaily