KUCHING: Housing may be one of the sectors that the state government will have more empowerment over.
Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said this matter was among the issues discussed with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recently.
“We have discussed the issue on empowerment with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, and what we want now is more details on the sectors that will be handed over to the state government,” he told reporters after officiating at the opening of the 6th International Research Symposium in Service Marketing (IRSSM) here yesterday.
“As housing is a concurrent subject under the constitution, we proposed to the prime minister that empowerment on housing be given to Sarawak, but it remains in the framework of the constitution. With this, it will allow us to implement related projects.”
Apart from housing, Abang Johari said another strategic sector, namely from the point of delivery of projects to the people, was also proposed, where the federal government would have to look for new approaches to ensure that allocations from Kuala Lumpur could be implemented through local methods.
“This strategic sector is specifically for rural projects such as roads, electricity supply and water supply, where Sarawak has its own methods in implementing the projects.”