RMK10 and the Sabah Delivery System


Similar to Malaya, Sabah has its own delivery system.  Unfortunately, the Federal government has never respected that Sabah needs its own delivery systems.  As the result, there are many functions and services duplicated between the Federal and State delivery systems.

Past experience shows that in the end of 70’s and beginning of 80 is a trust exists between the Federal and State leadership.  Most Federal programs and projects are planned, implemented and monitored by the State Delivery Systems.

The speed of development can be felt as well as seen by the people in Sabah.  Development issues are discussed and resolved in meetings between the Federal and State delivery systems.

Today however, there seem to be a dual system in Sabah.  On one hand the State delivery systems and on the other the Federal Delivery systems.  There are no clear convergent points for their deliveries, except the Barisan politicians in Sabah talking about development which most of them are unaware of.

The environment of trust was lost by the mid-80 when Sabah came under the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) which was the opposition party after offsetting the then BERJAYA government.

Even when PBS was eventually reaccepted as the component of Barisan Nasional, the trust between the Federal and State delivery system was already lost.

No effort was made since then to reverse or reestablish these trusts.

The situation was aggravated when during the PBS government; the State Department of Development (SDD) was established.  The SDD was the merger between the State Development Office (SDO) and the Sabah Economic Planning Unit (SEPU).

In pre-PBS period, both the SDO and SEPU were headed by a Pegawai Tadbir dan Deplomatic (PTD officer).  The SDO and SEPU each reports directly to the Sabah Chief Minister, but also each of them also reports directly to their superior in Kuala Lumpur.  The head of SDO reports to the Director General of Implementation Coordination Unit, Prime Minister Department (ICU, JPM) and the head of SEPU reports directly to the Director General of Federal Economic Planning Unit.

This was to make sure consistency of planning and implementation in both at the Federal and State Level.

In addition National Development Planning Policies are interpreted at the state level.  This policies need to be understood by the executing agencies such as the state Public Works Department.  In response these executing agencies is also responsible to highlight to their Federal counterpart any policies issues which may be in conflict or inconsistent with the local situation.  There may be adjustments which can be quickly rectified.

The merger of the SDO and SEPU to create the SDD, created a vacuum in the state development machinery.  This forced the Federal government to fill the vacuum by establishing the Federal Department of Development (Jabatan Pembangunan Persekutuan Sabah (JPPS)).

In this context, the JPPS is more a political institution and not a development oriented establishment.  This is because their activity is to make sure annual development budget for Members of Parliament are disburse appropriately.  In addition they are also responsible to pay out the Prime Minister rural development programs and projects.

The examination and analysis will continue in Part II of this series. …….

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4 Responses to RMK10 and the Sabah Delivery System

  1. lderple says:

    I just hope everything’s going to be OK 🙂

    • gurkahsiber says:

      God is not going to change your destiny unless you change it yourself. Hope is for people who does not want to do anything and imagine to have everything. There are people who wants things to change but do not know how, these are the people that we want to share my thoughts with. Those who wants hope, they can have them in buckets full. Just sit back and watch the show. We shall share our thoughts and our vision, in return we expect nothing.

  2. vincentgoh75 says:

    Tell me sir,
    How is this economic planning process connected with today’s economic planning mechanism? because most of the organization that you mention here does not exist anymore. Except for the Sabah Economic Planning Unit. Since it is a Sabah unit how is it connected at the Federal level. Are our plans properly submitted to the Federal level?

    • gurkahsiber says:

      In as far as Sabah situation is concern, the economic planning process is in a total mess. Never since PBS has the government economic planning is being distance from the Federal counterpart than now. It appears that there exist a dual system in the state. One the Federal system and the other the State Planning system. Each is trying to best the other to be the first planning and implementing the project (programs are seldom included because the interest today is the project – project is where the easy money is).
      I believe the plans from Sabah is not properly submitted to the Federal level (I shall be explaining more about this in the SEDIA discussion).

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