Sabah district officers told to do their part
Last Update: 11/07/2019
KOTA KINABALU, July 11 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has directed district officers to expedite development in their respective jurisdiction.
Since the government had already disbursed funding to all districts, the Sabah Chief Minister saw no reason for projects to be delayed.
“Unfortunately, the implementation has been very slow,” he said at a meeting with district officers at the Sabah Government Administrative Centre here, today.
He stressed upon them the importance of administering and managing their areas of jurisdiction more systematically for the well-being of the people.
He also noted that construction planning in most districts had been rather haphazard that houses of worship, car workshops and restaurants for instance, could be found located next to each other.
“Zoning of areas are not implemented according to plan. Schools are built in locations already zoned for industrial purposes.
"Some years later, the school has to be relocated to suddenly make way for an industrial park. This is not only inconvenient but can cost huge amounts of money. All because of bad planning,” he said.
Shafie also stressed on maintaining standards and quality of work particularly in ensuring development projects not only reach the target groups but benefit them too.
“Execute your responsibilities well and serve the people of Sabah,” he added.
He urged them to get to know their districts well by constantly going down to the ground to identify what is lacking in infrastructure and any social issues in order to establish priorities.
“Find out what are the real problems in your districts. Places such as Lahad Datu where security is of the utmost concern, the district officer must make security the top priority among others," he said.
He reminded them to be resourceful in finding solutions to problems that affect the well-being of the people and to provide regular feedback on the progress of projects in their districts.