MIRI: The delay in implementing the water supply project in Marudi is not the fault of the Sarawak government, but rather caused by the delay in release of funds by the federal Ministry of Rural Development.
Assistant Minister of Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil said even though the project has already been green-lit by the ministry, it has yet to take off due to funding issues.
“The planning of the water supply project was approved during the period of former Marudi assemblyman Datuk Sylvester Entri. However, due to the change in federal government last year, funding was delayed although the project is still on,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.
Penguang – the current Marudi assemblyman – also urged those blaming the Sarawak government for the delay to stop trying to instigate the people for their own political mileage.
He also said that both he and Mulu assemblyman Dato Gerawat Gala have been pushing hard for the project’s implementation, adding it is ‘only a matter of time’ before things get started.
“We will make sure the project commences and benefits the people of Marudi and the surrounding areas.
“Our main focus is the people’s wellbeing. However, the people need to be patient as large-scale projects such as this takes time as there are many processes involved,” he said.
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