Most of 'walkabout projects' in Sarawak completed
KOTA SAMARAHAN: Only eight per cent of the Walkabout Projects announced two years ago face delays.
And most of the reasons were due to design flaws as well as land acquisitions.
Since the projects were announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin during their visit to Sarawak, 256 out of 342 projects have been completed.
The completed projects include rural electric and clean water supply, and the construction of roads, bridges, schools and hospitals worth RM229.77 million.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas said most of the problems faced were solvable.
"Some, like the Engkilili Community Hall project, the delay lies with the contractor.
"But we are still giving them a chance to redeem themselves and the project has gotten off the ground again recently," said Uggah, who is also Walkabout Project chairman after the project review meeting yesterday.
The committee meets once a month to monitor the progress of the projects.
Both Najib and Muhyiddin announced 342 projects worth RM2.31 billion over the past two years since February 2010.
Currently, 58 more projects worth RM1.85 billion are still ongoing and 28 others, worth RM236.2 million have yet to begin.