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KUCHING, Sept 21: Senator Dato Ahmad Ibrahim has proposed the setting up of a ‘dashboard display’ either physically or online by the Ministry of Works to facilitate rigorous oversight of development projects’ progress that would keep contractors on their toes to deliver without delay.
Debating the Mid-Term Review of 12th Malaysia Plan, Ahmad emphasised that this initiative would enable the public to easily track a project’s progress and also the timeframe for the project to be completed at their fingertips.
He also suggested that a strict timeline be imposed for any company undertaking public development projects.
“In Sarawak, the time has come for the most basic infrastructure to be accelerated without any constraints, because this will be the ‘main point’ to the success of the Malaysia Plan.
“We don’t want most of the existing projects to be delayed due to the lackadaisical attitude, especially among main contractors and sub-contractors,” he said in the Parliament today.
Development projects that are classified as sick, Ahmad stressed, must be carried out under strict close monitoring and supervision, even in the face of acknowledged constraints.
Implementing this measure, he believed, would enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of budget allocation and project execution.
“Such matters must be expedited without compromise for the people. Otherwise, the people become the victim while the insult is aimed at the government,” he added.
Ahmad also emphasised the importance of ensuring that companies selected for projects possess the requisite qualifications and a track record of delivering quality work.
“This precaution is necessary to prevent any misuse of public funds, especially in critical areas such as healthcare facilities, roads, schools, utilities, and more,” he added. — DayakDaily