Federal govt fulfills 82 per cent of promised development projects: Zahid


KUALA LUMPUR: The federal government has completed 82 per cent of the projects it pledged in the 13th General Election (GE13) with an allocation of RM72.26 billion as of March 15.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the projects involved are the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) along the Sungai Buloh route to Semantan stretching 23 kilometres involving 12 stations.

It also involves connecting a Light Rail Transit (LRT) line from Sri Petaling and Kelana Jaya to Putra Heights stretching 35.1km at a cost of RM9.54 billion.

He said the other projects comprised the construction of 234,832 units of affordable homes, construction of nine new schools (RM343.5 million) and refurbishing of 161 dilapidated schools in Sabah and Sarawak (RM37 million) and upgrading of haemodialysis facilities at 22 hospitals (RM5 million).

"Broadband access facilities nationwide by providing 230,366 new internet ports at a cost of RM1.8 billion in addition to the construction of five Urban Transformation Centres (UTCs) and eight Rural Transformation Centres (RTCs) and the construction of 5,797 kilometres of paved rural roads at a cost of RM7.66 billion," he said in a statement here today.

Zahid had earlier chaired a meeting of the National Committee of the Federal Government's pledges in the main building of the Parliament.

The meeting was also attended by ministers and senior government officials.

Zahid said the meeting focused on three pledged initiatives, namely addressing cost of living; world class infrastructure development and rural transformation; and fostering excellence in education.

He said five working papers were discussed at the meeting which focused on the issues of project sustainability, ability to achieve initiative targets and current implementation.

"The responsibility of the national committee is to ensure the implementation of all federal initiatives pledged during the GE13 in 2013 ran smoothly and are fully implemented," he said.

Meanwhile, Zahid said in line with the aspirations of 2017 as a 'Year of Delivery', the government's commitment to realise these pledges were being continued with the implementation of programmes and projects such as raising the amount of 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) at a cost of RM6.8 billion.

It also included the construction of the Anjung Kasih centre in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Sabah, Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor and Serdang Hospital in Selangor, Penang General Hospital and Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Kedah.

The government would also continue the e-Usahawan and e-Rezeki programmes at a cost of RM100 million to increase the income of 300,000 paarticipants; and the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) project which is to begin in July, he added. - BERNAMA