Ministry identifies 481 sick projects, aims to revive with agencies

The Local Government Development Ministry (KPKT) in Malaysia has identified a total of 481 ‘sick’ projects and 112 abandoned projects across the nation, according to Deputy Minister Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir. In order to address these issues, the ministry has established a task force and is in discussions with relevant agencies, including the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) and Public Works Department, to revive the projects.

‘Sick’ and abandoned projects are defined as those that have exceeded their scheduled completion period, and reviving them can be a lengthy process due to the extensive discussions required. Akmal Nasrullah shared this information with reporters during a visit to the Taman Baiduri housing project in Jalan Banggol Judah, Labok.

The Deputy Minister also mentioned that under the 1Malaysia Housing Programme (PR1MA), there were 21 sick projects, out of which eight have been successfully completed by the ministry within a five-month period. The ministry aims to complete at least 10 PR1MA projects this year and is confident in achieving this target.

“We will continue to monitor closely through regular meetings with technical agencies and local authorities (PBT) to avoid issues arising between developers and government agencies,” he said.

Akmal Nasrullah emphasised the importance of close cooperation between federal and state governments to ensure the completion of these sick projects within the proposed timeframes. He also noted that Kelantan is among the states with the highest percentage of private housing projects that do not adhere to the set plan.

“Therefore, we project late and sick projects to be reduced from 50% to 20% by 2024,” he said.

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