KUANTAN, Sept 20 – The Works Ministry has requested for infrastructure projects for the people to be given priority when the 2019 Budget is tabled in November.
Deputy Works Minister Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir said this decision was reached due to the country’s current financial situation, which did not permit for the implementation of mega projects.
He said there was much demand to carry out infrastructure projects for the people, such as road projects that could reduce congestion and avoid fatal accidents, hospitals and schools in rural areas which are in a dilapidated state.
“Rather than spending billions of ringgit on mega projects, why cannot it be spent for critical projects for the people such as the Jalan Kuantan-Pelabuhan Kuantan (road project).
“Nevertheless, we will need to wait for the announcement of the first federal Budget under the Pakatan Harapan government in November,” said Anuar after visiting an accident-prone intersection and other areas in Jalan Kuantan-Pelabuhan Kuantan here today.
Among the ministry’s proposals to address the problem were to conduct road-widening works, construction of flyovers and the setting up traffic lights.
When elaborating further, Anuar said the ministry has postponed and reviewed mega projects that have not been delivered or those projects which were 15 per cent completed.
He said the move was necessary as the government needed to consider the current state of the country’s finances.
“We understand that some of those decisions may not have been popular among the people, but we cannot lie and only tell the people about the good news.
“We (Pakatan Harapan) took over the country’s administration at a time when the country’s financial position was very worrying,” he said.