KOTA KINABALU: Approximately RM2.785 billion or 44.97 per cent of the state budget for 2011 had been spent to implement various development projects in Sabah as at Oct 21, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said today.
He said RM962.09 million had also been spent on projects under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI).
“All quarters have been reminded that the final benchmark for the implementation of development projects is the people’s satisfaction with the performance of the government, whether in terms of service, efforts to enhance revenue or problem solving.
“These aspects can only be identified through the policy coordination machinery or national development projects which focus on the revenue-based approach,” he told reporters after chairing the State Action Council meeting here today.
Musa said results from the assessment on the implementation of the projects, including feedback from consumers and end users, would become the guidelines for future planning and development programmes.
KUALA LUMPUR: The RM4.6 billion Sabah-Sarawak gas pipeline project linking Kimanis in Sabah and Bintulu in Sarawak, expected to be completed by the end of 2013, will be as successful as the North-South Expressway (PLUS) linking the Peninsular Malaysia states, said a Universiti Putra Malaysia academic.
Faculty of Human Ecology deputy dean Prof Dr Jayum Jawan said the 512km pipeline, which would transport gas from the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal in Kimanis to customers in Sabah and Petronas’ LNG complex in Bintulu, was the best example of a national project that could bring the people and business communities of Sabah and Sarawak closer to Peninsular Malaysia.
“It is an effort that fits the concept of national integration and regional unity that we we have always wanted to promote
The project will meet these objectives,” he told Bernama in an interview.
Jayum, who is from Sarawak, said the analogy with PLUS was fitting because it would widen socio-economic opportunities
“I liken the gas pipeline project to a highway that would promote development and link the various regions in Sarawak and Sabah.
In short, the long pipeline will bring the communities it passes through closer together,” he said. Jayum added that Petronas’ activities in Sarawak should be seen more holistically than just a matter of the five per cent royalty the national petroleum company paid the state government.
Besides the five per cent royalty, Sarawak also gained from direct investments and from Petronas’ substantial contribution to human resource development when new oil and gas fields were found, he pointed out.
“So when certain quarters call for higher royalty payments, it is as if they fail to see Petronas’ contributions in other areas such as the direct economic development it brings when new fields are found. If we take all this into consideration, it is more than five per cent,” he said.
Jayum said Petronas and the Sarawak state government needed to provide the human resources with the specialised skills needed in the very competitive oil and gas sector.
“We understand Petronas as a company emphasises meritocracy and is not bound by political or other constraints.
But sometimes in a plural society like ours, we need to involve as many ethnic groups from all levels and in all states as possible to satisfy all quarters,” he said, adding Petronas should provide not just lower-level job opportunities but also management training for Sarawakians.
“From time to time, we hear calls to involve Sarawakians at the highest management level.
Perhaps Petronas should be thinking of how to provide opportunities for the people of Sarawak, which is also a main source of the resources it is developing,” he said.