17 January 2012
| last updated at 10:11AM
Ministry uses only 61pc of given funds
Minister calls for improved performance and optimum utilisation of budget
PUTRAJAYA: The Housing and Local Government Ministry had failed to meet expectations in its performance last year, said its minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung.
He added that due to the lack of details in the planning they were unable to fulfil what was to have been implemented.
"Only 61 per cent of the allocated budget given last year was fully utilised.
"This year, a minimum of 96 per cent will be used out of the RM1.58 billion approved budget," he said at the ministry's monthly meeting here yesterday.
He said the ministry would embark on new projects as well as continue existing ones and would ensure that they were carried out.
"We need to impose stricter planning to ensure that everything will go according to schedule," he added.
He said the projects involved included the recent move to privatise the solid waste collection and public cleaning operations.
On Selangor's refusal to join in the privatisation, he said the ministry could not do anything about the matter.
"If the Selangor councils are having difficulties with the management of solid waste then it is up to them to handle the issue.
"The ball is in their court, we have tried to engage them earlier, but they have refused," he said.
He said only Selangor and Penang had not joined in the privatisation exercise while Perak wasexpected to participate at the end of the year.
Under the move, appointed concessionaires will distribute 120-litre garbage bins to residents of landed properties, 660-litre bins to apartments and 1,100-litre bins to condominiums.
The free garbage bins are being distributed in line with the enforcement of the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007 (Act 672) which was passed in Parliament last year.