Fadillah: Groundbreaking of projects nothing to do with coming election

Fadillah Yusof speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of an access road to the Southern Area of Kuching International Airport (KIA) project today.

KUCHING, Nov 13: The recent spate of groundbreaking ceremonies for government projects has nothing to do with the coming Sarawak Election, said Senior Work Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

According to Fadillah for example, for the construction of an access road to the Southern Area of Kuching International Airport (KIA) project, Minister of Housing and Local Government Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian has worked hard to get the approval from the Federal government for it.

“Actually, since I become a minister in 2017, he was already working to get the project implemented. Meeting me is not enough, he also met with the prime minister, and after that met with me again to ensure that the project can be realised.

“We can see that today the project has been approved, and the construction starts today,” said Fadillah in his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony for the project, held in Stampin, here today.

Earlier on, Assistant Minister of Infrastructure and Ports Development Datuk Julaihi Narawi said in Sarawak, there is an existing stereotype involving how groundbreaking ceremonies of projects might signify that an election is near.

However, he said, this project is one of the long-term projects planned and coincidentally, it had taken place now.

“This groundbreaking ceremony did not happened because of the election. No. That is why we need to give credit to the efforts made by the Sarawak and Federal government for trying to improve the accessibility for everyone regardless of where they are.

“This is the ongoing agenda of the Sarawak government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg,” he added. — DayakDaily