Defence Minister to personally monitor projects

SANDAKAN (Sabah): Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will personally monitor development projects carried out by his ministry to ensure they were completed as scheduled and were of quality.

He said this will be done with him chairing the ministry's development meetings each month and going to see the progress of projects implemented for the Malaysia Armed Forces (MAF).

"I will personally monitor each project especially for completion on time and rate of progress each month. If there is a delay, I will ask the technical division for the reasons, whether it is the weather, labour problems or technical problems," he said.

Ahmad Zahid was speaking to reporters after visiting the Various Classes Family Homes project at the Sri Kinabatangan Camp here on Friday March 12. He said what he was doing was not to punish but assist to solve problems in the interest of MAF personnel.

He said it was a priority for him to look after the welfare of the officers and men of all three branches of the MAF.  "I do not want my charges to feel pressured and unmotivated due to problems especially related to housing delays and other amenities."

On his visit to the camp, Ahmad Zahid said he has directed the contractors and consultants to take drastic steps   the completion of the project. He said he directed them to take drastic steps to speed up the project involving 258 housing units at a cost of RM73.9 million.

He said the project is expected to be ready this December and he will visit again in 90 days to ensure it was on schedule.-- Bernama
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