Monday, 4 February 2013

农村发展项目进展缓慢 // Rural Development Projects slow progress



 

The projects under taken by the Federal Ministry of Rural Development and Federal Territories in Sabah are with slow progress. There is so many works to be carried out and to be completed.
 
Just as an example, the works set out by this ministry which were approved and started since 2011 and suppose to be completed by 2012 were not completed. In Kota Belud for example there are 49 projects under the Project Bekalan Air Luar Bandar (BALB) with a cost of RM104.76 millions to benefit 6,786 houses. For the rural road development under JALB in Sabah , there is an allocation of RM2.0 billions to build 180 rural roads which added up to 1,036 KM. In Kota Belud district a sum of RM100.76 million was allotted to build 9 rural roads with a total length of 54.93 KM.
 
 
沙巴州联邦农村发展局所推动的农村发展项目进展非常缓慢和延迟。 该发展工程还有许多工作要做。
 
其中的例子如由联邦发展局批准的发展项目是在2011年施工并预定在2012年完成,实际上迄今都还未完成。 例如在古打毛律的49项发展项目的乡村水供计划(BALB),政府拨出马币一亿四百七十六万的款项为6,786房屋提供水供。  此外沙巴乡下马路发展(JALB)分配额是马币二十亿,以建设180条甘榜路,总长是1,036 公里。而古打毛律区总共有分配到金额马币一亿七千六百万以建设9条甘榜路,总长是54.93公里。
 
上述的发展项目,有些还没有开始,有的则还在建设中,甚至有些仍在进行“谈判”中。 令人颇感意外的是,直到今天仍然看到联邦农村发展部所提出的工程时间进度表远远落后着,而大家都有兴趣想知道这些工程项目的实际进展情况。 联邦已经拨出该分配款项,但是却没有看到很大的进展,这似乎又是国阵的“空头支票”,人民只有继续等待着,该些遥遥无期的发展项目何时才会竣工。
 
政府的拨款分配并没用得其所,沙巴最终仍然继续面对基本设施落后,没有发展,而沙巴人没有机会享受更好的公共设施和马路。 这种情况可以在许多农村地区看到,尤其是许多地方仍然没有电水供。 沙巴的甘榜路很糟糕,而且一些甘榜没有通路到乡镇,这些都是常见的景象。人们都想知道,联邦承诺拨款马币二十亿用于修建农村地区马路的款项,到底花了多少钱,并且到底修建了多少公里的路,以及该些马路是否可以随时启用?
 
根据部长在国会提问中所给于的书面回答表示,该些工程项目并没有公开招标,只是透过“闭门谈判”而批出去。 他们以“谈判”来执行该发展项目是不妥当的, 其原因是该承包商可能不符合资格和没有经验,可能甚至也没有基本的工具或螺丝。 他们如何能够完成政府所批给他们上百万令吉的甘榜路建设合约呢? 最糟糕的情况是当政治人物,主承包商和其他子承包商从中抽走至少45%的合约总金额却没有进行任何工作,之后由最后一家子承包商去做。 这情况通常导致该发展工程被废置着,那是由于该子承包商因没有钱,而无法持续该发展项目。 这是非常不公平以及无良的做法,导致迄今有些发展项目被拖延或遗弃。
 
Rural Development Projects slow progress
 
The projects under taken by the Federal Ministry of Rural Development and Federal Territories in Sabah are with slow progress. There is so many works to be carried out and to be completed.
 
Just as an example, the works set out by this ministry which were approved and started since 2011 and suppose to be completed by 2012 were not completed. In Kota Belud for example there are 49 projects under the Project Bekalan Air Luar Bandar (BALB) with a cost of RM104.76 millions to benefit 6,786 houses. For the rural road development under JALB in Sabah , there is an allocation of RM2.0 billions to build 180 rural roads which added up to 1,036 KM. In Kota Belud district a sum of RM100.76 million was allotted to build 9 rural roads with a total length of 54.93 KM.
 
The above mentioned development projects, some had not started, some are under construction and some are still under “negotiation”. It is surprise to learn that until today we still find the work proposed by the Federal Ministry of Rural Development are falling behind schedule, and it will be interesting to know the actual progress of these projects. Big sums of money had been allocated but we see not much progress, thus this remains as “empty promises”, and the wait of the people to receive the much needed utility services and roads continue.
 
The money allocated has not been spent effectively and fully, the end sufferers are the people in Sabah . The people lost their chances to enjoy better utilities and road improvement and they continue to suffer. This situation is proven and seen in many rural areas in Sabah where we still have no water and electricity. The bad kampong roads and some areas still without roads linking to the towns are common sights. We wonder how much of the RM2.0 billion promised sum to build roads in the rural districts had been spent and how many kilometers of these roads were built and ready for traffic.
 
These projects were not tendered out but merely awarded through “closed door negotiations” as stated in the Ministry reply to a question asked in the Parliament. The word “negotiation” has brought implication as far as the execution of the projects. For one, the contractors may not be qualified, no experiences, “Ali Baba” type - without even a “chankul” or spanners and screw driver. How can the government award the contract to build a million Ringgits road in the kampongs. This situation will be worst when the politicians, the main contractor, the sub-contractor, the sub sub-contractor took and sucked away at least 45% of the total contract sum for doing nothing, and left the last person on the line to do all the donkey work to make the money for them. The work is usually abandoned when the last contractor can not sustained the heavy burden to dish out the money from the projects to feed them. Is this a fair game and a good way to execute and implement the projects?
 
 
Hiew King Cheu, KK MP.