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By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Sept 22: The Sarawak government has set up a software application that collects real-time data to track progress and monitor problems of major projects being implemented in the State.
Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg disclosed that the application is connected to various agencies and departments like Public Works Department (JKR) and Economic Planning Unit (EPU) as well as utilities companies.
“So on my iPad and computer, ‘ketek saja’ (click only) and all the information (related to projects) will be available. So I will know whether a project is progressing or not.
“If the status of a project is so bad like that of Marudi Bridge (project), I will come down personally together with (Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas) Uggah (Embas) and solve the problems,” he revealed when speaking at an event at Marudi Civic Centre in conjunction with his working visit to Marudi today.
He pointed out that the application also allows for monitoring water supply systems including detecting and reporting water leaks and burst pipes to facilitate agencies in taking immediate action and deployments to rectify any problems.
Abang Johari was in Marudi to inspect various projects including the long-awaited Marudi Bridge project, if which construction was delayed due to contractor problems and other factors.
It was learnt that the completion date of the Marudi Bridge project has been pushed back further until the end of 2024 with the appointment of a new contractor which has experience in building bridges. The new contractor built the Tok Nan Bridge in Long Lama, Baram.
On Marudi’s development, Abang Johari mentioned that apart from the bridge, the Sarawak government has already planned for a major road project under the Highland Development Agency (HDA) from Marudi to Sungai Melinau in Mulu.
“But it will take five to six years given the length of the road. The cost is also quite substantial.
“But regardless, it is my responsibility to look for the funding to materialise this road project which will provide important connectivity to spur economic activities and bring greater development to the Baram interior,” he added.
With vision to open up the rural parts of Sarawak, Abang Johari said the Sarawak government must be bold in bringing in infrastructure and development progressively even if it will incur a high cost.
“But I am confident the State revenue will continue to grow which is why we are able to roll out assistance and implement so many projects thus far.
“My target is by 2030, Sarawak will become the most advanced State with high income in Malaysia.
“As such, let’s continue to maintain harmony, unity and stability so that we can continue to pour out our efforts and support each other in working for the betterment of the whole of Sarawak,” he said.
Deputy Minister of Public Health and Housing Datu Penguang Manggil and State Secretary Dato Sri Abu Bakar Marzuki were among those present. — DayakDaily