Monday, November 14, 2011

Sarawak Government Machinery To Ensure Development Projects Take Off On Time

KUCHING, Nov 14 (Bernama) -- The Sarawak government and its machinery will ensure that all projects under the 10th Malaysia Plan and Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) will take off as scheduled and implemented smoothly, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said Monday.

He urged all the ministries, departments, agencies, including government-linked companies, to continue with their commitment and hard work, as well as to monitor closely the implementation of all projects to ensure they would be completed as scheduled.

"We recognise that the speed of implementation is crucial to further spur domestic economic activites to cushion the impact of the external economic slowdown," Taib, who is also state Finance Minister said when tabling the Supply (2012) Bill 2011 at the Sarawak legislative assembly sitting, here.

He said in view of the prevailing global economic conditions, it was even more critical that all programmes and projects, especially those high-impact ones that would benefit the people at large and had greater multiplier effects, were being implemented speedily.

The proposed development allocation of RM3,263 million for next year was about 23 per cent of the current plan's approved ceiling of RM14 billion for Sarawak, he said.

Apart from the development of the Score area, he said, the state government perspective would focus on developing rural areas, increasing the value-added of the tourism sector, particularly meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE), modernising the agriculture sector, developing efficient transport and logistic systems, and producing quality and skilled manpower. - BERNAMA