Date: Friday, January 26, 2018

Ministry of Works Monthly Assembly was held on Thursday, 25 January 2018 at Dewan Tan Sri Mahfoz Khalid, Kompleks Kerja Raya. YB Dato 'Sri commenced his speech by extending his sincere gratitude for the contribution of all employees in carrying out their duties and contributing to the success of ministries and agencies throughout the year. Furthermore, stepping into 2018 where YAB Prime Minister has declared as YEAR OF SUCCESS AND IMPRESSIVE RESULT. The emphasis given is that the workforce continues to succeed in delivering services to the people, as well as enhancing value and skills, including producing world-class quality product, ever-increasing productivity and practicing creative and innovative culture.

Among the essence of speeches by YB Works Minister are as follows;

1. Economic Aspects:

Third quarter GDP in 2017 - Impressive growth at 6.2% against 4.3% growth in the third quarter of the previous year.

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank - praised the encouraging growth of the Malaysian economy as well as the Government's prudent economic management, as well as acknowledging that the resilience and competitiveness of the national economy have been strengthened.

World Economic Report Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018 - Malaysia is ranked 23th out of 137 assessed countries.

2. Federal Government’s Financial Position

As at end-June 2017, the Federal Government's debt is at 50.9% of GDP, which is still below the Government's limit set at 55% of GDP, which is lower than 53.2% at the end of June 2016.

3. Main Leadership Guide 2017 (KPI)

Acknowledgments to all ministry and agency officials for achieving the KPI target of 110% until 31 December 2017.

4. High Impact Project Completion

There are six (6) projects as listed below;

(i) Rawang by Pass;

(ii) Construction of 20 school projects using IBS methodology in Johor (4), Melaka (4), Negeri Sembilan (5) and Pahang (6);

(iii) Batang Sadong Sarawak Bridge;

(iv) Construction of 1227 permanent houses for flood victims in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Perak;

(v) The adoption of the new CupLump Modified Asphalt (CMA) technology for the construction of Kota Baharu Highway to Kuala Krai, Kelantan;

(vi) Restoration and Upgrading of Malaysian Parliament Building (Phase 2B);

5. 2018 Budget

KKR has received an allocation of RM5.768 billion and the breakdown is as follows;

i) Operating Expenses - RM2.004 billion

ii) Development Expenditure - RM3.764 billion

6. Specific development projects related to the TRCs announced by YAB PM in the 2018 budget presentation are as follows;

Provide alternative routes to Port Klang (RM110 million);

West Coast Expressway from Banting to Taiping is being built (RM5 billion);

The Central Spine Road Project - including the Raub lineage package to Bentong and the Gua Musang line, Kelantan to Kampung Relong, Pahang (RM230 million);

Pan-Borneo Highway (RM2 billion);

Repairing and maintenance of schools through Industrial Building System (RM2.5 billion for 2 years) of RM500 million in Peninsular Malaysia, RM1 billion in Sabah and RM1 billion in Sarawak;

To abolish toll collection at four toll plazas namely Batu Tiga, and Sungai Rasau, Selangor; Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah; and on the Eastern Dispersal Link Expressway, Johor.

In addition to the WCE Highway, there are five (5) highway projects and one (1) intermediate intersection is under construction in 2018 as follows;

36.16km East Kelang Valley (EKVE) Highway at a cost of RM1.551 billion starts from SILK Highway to MRR2 in UK Perdana which is now 32% in construction and is expected to be completed by September 2019;

The 31.8km Sungai Besi - Ulu Kelang Highway (SUKE) at a cost of RM5.272 billion starts from Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS) to Ukay Perdana. Construction has reached 24.18% and is expected to be completed in August 2020.

The Damansara - Shah Alam Highway (DASH) starts at Puncak Perdana and ends at Damansara Perdana (Penchala Link) at 20.1km at a cost of RM4.178 billion. Construction to date has reached 22.32% and is expected to be completed in August 2020.

Putrajaya Expressway - KLIA (MEX 2) connects Putrajaya Interchange and KLIA Expressway for 16.8km at a cost of RM1.25 billion. Construction has already reached 35.52% and is expected to be completed in October 2019.

The Setiawangsa Pantai Expressway (SPE) or better known as DUKE 3 starts at Kerinchi Junction (SPRINT) and ends at Jambangan Junction (at MRR2) at 32.0km at a cost of RM3.573 billion.