All infrastructure projects under Rural Development Ministry to be reviewed

Nor Fazlina Abdul Rahim

TUMPAT: All infrastructure projects under the Rural Development Ministry, especially mega projects, will be reviewed to determine whether they will proceed or be canceled altogether.

Rural Development Minister Rina Harun said the all projects would be scrutinised, especialy those deemed to have a role in the country’s financial woes.

She said the ministry is conducting a nationwide review of the projects to see if they have a positive impact on the people or merely serve the interests of a few.

“All projects which had been approved before must be considered again, given the country’s financial situation.

“For example, projects involving rebuilding roads or installing street lights will be continued as these clearly have an impact on the residents.

“In some areas in Sarawak, where I personally visited to scope out some projects such as those involving bridge constructions, many of the locals themselves said that they weren’t necessary.

“As such, a complete review involving various agencies is needed to ensure there is no wastage, and so that the country’s finances is well-managed,” she said.

She was speaking to the media after attending a programme organised by Srikandi Malaysia and Kelantan in Kampung Geting, here on Thursday.

Rina said the review is expected to be completed in a month, after which a decision will be made.

“What is certain is that projects which have an impact on the people will be continued. We will not alienate any state, even of they are governed by the opposition,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd