Thursday, June 12, 2014

Audit Report highlights Sarawak's poor show

11:13AM Jun 12, 2014 By Dukau Papau
The Sarawak government performed poorly in implementing state development projects, with 40 to 50 percent of them being more than one year behind schedule, the Auditor-General’s Report 2013 shows.

Eight of these projects in the Kuching Division, 12 in Samarahan and eight in Betong are more than a year behind schedule, the audit report says.

The delay in the completion of the RM40 million bridge across Sungai Sageng, which was due to be completed by September last year, is one such example, while another is the upgrading of the badly built Sageng Road, which has been delayed by 381 days.

Commenting on this the Batu Lintang assemblyperson See Chee How (left) said: “I must remind Chief Minister Adenan Satem to quickly get down to the serious business of improving the state administration, if he does not wish his government to be continuously questioned for poor  management.

“He (Adenan) should take steps to counter the generally contemptuous perception that wealth generated from the state is not managed or distributed properly and fairly, that government projects and grants only benefit a handful of people and that there are weaknesses in the implementation of the development projects.”

Adenan, who recently marked his 100 days as chief minister, took over from Abdul Taib Mahmud, under whose regime the Sarawak government has been tainted with allegations of corruption and abuse of power, and for failing to implement many public projects on time.

See, who is Sarawak PKR vice-chairperson, said the 2013 audit report, which was released on April 7, after Adenan’s appointment as the new chief minister, called for the report to be taken seriously and the failings be remedied immediately.

He also called on Resource Planning Assistant Minister Naroden Majais to explain the delay in the construction of the RM120 million Gedong-Simunjan Road and when it would be completed.

“If the Sageng Bridge had been completed in September last year, the distance between Simunjan and Gedong to Serian would have been reduced by 40km and travelling time reduced by an hour,” See said.

During this Gawai festive holiday, there were at least six serious road accidents along the Simunjan Road and one of them was fatal, he said.

“I certainly hope that the new chief minister will immediately look into the delayed projects in the state and ensure that there is efficiency and transparency in the implementation of all development projects,” See added.

~ Malaysiakini

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