KOTA KINABALU, Nov 14 – Sabah state government today assured that it will not cancel nor defer any implementation of projects approved by the previous Barisan Nasional-led state government.
Assistant Minister to Chief Minister Arifin Asgali said implementation of development projects approved by the state government under the 11th Malaysian Plan would proceed based on their priorities.
He, however, noted that project acquisitions that go through tender process, whether open or limited tender, would need to be delayed pending approval from the new state government.
“Hence, all governmental ministries, departments, and agencies have been instructed to conduct open tender process in accordance to the existing procedures and regulation.
“As for acquisition decided by Ministry’s Procurement Board and State Procurement Board, the state government agency can go on with the project implementation.
“Apart from that, the state government agencies can continue with implementation of all acquisitions issued with Acceptance Agreement Letter and approval letter from the state Finance Ministry,” he told the state assembly sitting here, today.
Arifin was replying to questions by Tamparuli assemblyman Datuk Jahid Jahim of the Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS) on whether the state government would cancel or delay projects’ implementation approved by previous administration.
Jahid also querried on actions to be taken to ensure locals would not miss out on opportunities from the implementation of projects.
Responding to a supplementary question by Datuk Limus Jury (Upko-Kuala Penyu) on projects approved by the federal government, Arifin said all federal-approved projects in Sabah would have to go through open tender process.
“The Chief Minister will negotiate with the Public Works Department (to make tender in Sabah). Negotiation is still ongoing,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd