Sabah On Right Track In 9MP Project Implementation

KOTA KINABALU, Nov 15 – Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman is optimistic that the State would be able to optimise not less than 85 percent of the ceiling allocation of RM20.625 billion allocated for development projects under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP).

Speaking to reporters after chairing the fourth State Action Council Meeting, he said based on the Project II Monitoring System (SPP II), as of Nov 10, this year, Sabah had utilised 78.04 percent of the ceiling figure.

“We have 45 more days until the end of this year in the 9MP and this means we have already utilised more than 87 percent of the implementation period (of the five-year plan),” he said.

He said according to the Sabah Development Office (SDO), the number of delayed projects had also reduced to 66 compared to 117 previously while completed projects had also increased to 96.

“This scenario is a positive and encouraging indication that Sabah is on the right track and able to execute the 9MP projects credibly come Dec 31, 2010,” he said.

Nevertheless, he also noted that there were still Ministries/Departments/Agencies that had not updated their project progress data as required by the SPP II.

“This should not happen as it would present an inaccurate picture of the exact status with regard to development projects under them.

“I would like to remind them again to give serious attention to this matter,” he said.

He also hoped that the Federal Sabah Development Office, the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) of the Prime Minister’s Department would intensify monitoring through Troubleshooting and Intervention activities to identify, handle and resolve problems that might hamper development projects in Sabah.

He said the monitoring bodies should carry out the two activities without fear or favour so that hindrances could be resolved through cooperation by all the parties involved and if necessary, be raised at the next SAC meeting.

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