Joint federal-state committee to monitor projects in S’wak

Ismail Sabri (centre) speaks during the press conference on Oct 16. At right is Uggah.

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KUCHING, Oct 16: A joint committee comprising the federal Rural and Regional Development Ministry and the Sarawak government has been set up to monitor various projects in the state.

Its minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the joint committee, only for Sarawak and Sabah respectively, will plan and monitor every project to prevent ‘sick’ projects.

“All the previous sick projects had been solved, including electricity projects in the state,” he told reporters after chairing the Rural Executive Councilors and Minister Coordination Meeting (Mexclub) here today.

With the setting up of the joint committee, the state government will have a bigger say in the types of projects being implemented and their locations.

Ismail Sabri said there will be two committees — a working committee headed by the secretary of the federal ministry and the permanent secretary of relevant ministry in Sarawak, which will meet often to monitor every project.

The state executive committee for this joint committee, co-chaired by himself and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Unggah Embas, will discuss suggestions for projects in the state.

“The first meeting will be held after Budget 2018 is tabled in Parliament so they can plan accordingly. The list and locations (for projects is) determined by the state government,” he said.