People-centric, high-impact projects will be continued — Azmin

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KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 14): Not all projects being developed in the country will be scrapped; on the contrary, projects that will directly benefit the people or "people-centric and high-impact projects” will be continued, said Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

He said certain development projects would be continued to improve the welfare, safety and living standards of the people, especially those in rural areas.

“Among others, works related to highway and bridge construction, water and power supply, safety and health, and schools and places of worship will go on.

“Projects that are delayed or cancelled are mega-projects, because existing facilities are sufficient to meet public needs. So, we feel there is a need for a list of priorities,” he said during his winding-up speech on the Supply (Reallocation of Appropriated Expenditure) Bill 2018 and the Supplementary Development Expenditure (Reallocation of Appropriated Expenditure) 2018 motion in Parliament today.

It was reported previously that the Government planned to scrap multi-billion-ringgit China-backed infrastructure projects, which were inked by the previous Government, in a bid to slash the national debt.

Meanwhile, Azmin also said there had been a RM31.5 million allocation to the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) to be used for the purpose of developing and upgrading buildings, among others.

“We have 317 Felda settlements nationwide, which include religious schools and community halls. We will use money from that allocation to improve lighting in Felda areas,” he added.

Azmin had previously said the new Government was committed to reviving Felda financially as soon as possible for the settlers’ well-being, in line with the goals of the Land Development Act 1956.