Posted on January 9, 2011, SundaySIBU: Sarawak has achieved more than 90 per cent of all projects under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP), said state secretary Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani.
Describing this as a great achievement for the state, Mohamad Morshidi attributed the success to the great interest and commitment shown by government officers.
“If we reflect back on the year 2010, in terms of achievements in 9MP, Sarawak has achieved more than 90 per cent of all the projects,” he said at ‘Majlis Makan Malam Apresiasi 2010 Pentadbiran Bahagian Sibu’ at a hotel here on Friday.
He also said that they had implemented various programmes under National Key Result Areas (NKRAs) and were committed to those under the stimulus package.
Towards this end, he urged government officers to brace themselves for the challenges in the new year as he reckoned the government would come up with new directions and programmes.
For that, they had to be up to the mark to meet these new challenges, added Mohamad Morshidi, while advising them to continuously practise the values of urgency, timeliness and commitment.
“Every government officer must understand the problems that the people are facing on the ground. This will ensure that they are solved.
“These are the values that we are trying to inculcate among government officers and make them part of their work culture,” he said.
Not owning up to the problem and passing it around will result in it being not solved, he noted.
Citing an example, he said a government officer could call up the relevant authority when seeing a stray dog on the street as it could pose a hazard to road users.
In this manner, the officer was taking ownership of the problem and not leave it as it was, he said.
He also attributed the success achieved to the strong cooperation between leaders, public and private sectors as well as the people at large.
“Last year was a successful year for Sarawak especially Sibu,” he added.
Acknowledging that government officers had very clear understanding of their roles and government policies, he said: “They understand the directions and leadership of the government of the day. That is the reason why it is so peaceful in Sibu and successful in rolling out all programmes.”
Stressing that this was part and parcel of governance, he said that such skills which government officers developed over time would lead to good social integration.
Among those present were Minister of Environment and Public Health and Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, Pelawan assemblyman Vincent Goh, Nangka assemblyman Datuk Awang Bemee Awang Ali Basah, community leaders and heads of government departments.