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KUCHING, Nov 10: Proper and lean project management is vital to any project success as it helps to avoid unnecessary mistakes and waste of resources as well as reduce risks.
Highlighting this, Minister of Transport Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin urged officers to gain greater knowledge and skills in project management to enhance State project deliverables with quality according to scope of works, timeliness and cost effectiveness.
Most importantly, he emphasised that the completed project must be value for money and ultimately benefit the target group as planned.
“There are many processes involved in a development project from initiation until completion and the key to a successful project delivery lies in good project management that also adheres to well-established procedures as well as executing them effectively.
“Effective project management can help avoid mistakes, resources wastage as well as significantly reduce maintenance cost because project managers can anticipate problems and make plans to alleviate them or make improvements to prevent project delays and other more adverse scenarios including cost overrun that could critically delay or terminate a project,” he said.
Lee raised this in his opening address at the Post Contract Project Management for Project Delivery Excellence course for the Ministry of Transport (MOTS) and its agency Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB) held at a hotel here today.
The three-day course, attended by some 50 officers from MOTS and SRB, aims to provide a comprehensive overview of project management processes with focus given to planning, managing, executing and monitoring as well as evaluating state-funded development projects.
Lee also encouraged young officers to pursue higher degrees or a masters degree in this field.
“It is important to equip officers with the required skills and knowledge to implement and manage the projects approved by MOTS and SRB for Sarawak under the 12th Malaysia Plan (2021-2025),” he added.
MOTS permanent secretary Datu Buckland Bangik and MOTS senior engineer Ir Tiong King Wei were among those present. — DayakDaily