KUCHING (Bernama) – Sarawak requires a bigger allocation for rural development in the state, said State Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said that at the dialogue during the visit of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to the state, this request had frequently been made.
“The bigger allocation is also in line with the aspiration of the Chief Minister (Tan Sri Adenan Satem) who wants focus to be given to rural development.
“I also believe Datuk Fadillah (Works Minister) has helped to voice Sarawak’s request that the allocation for the state’s infrastructure be increased,” he said.
He disclosed this to reporters when asked to comment on Sarawak’s aspiration for the 2015 Budget to be announced by the Prime Minister on Oct 10.
Earlier, he and Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof attended a ‘Program Korban Perdana 2014’ by Takaful Ikhlas Berhad, at Masjid Darul Hana Patingan Kampung No 6, yesterday.
Commenting further on the aspiration for the 2015 Budget, Abang Johari said Sarawak also needed more affordable houses and people-friendly homes.
“We (Sarawak) have a new approach for people-friendly homes. I have also discussed with the Chairman of the Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad on our (Sarawak) approach for people-friendly homes,” he said.
When asked to give details on the new approach, he said Sarawak became the first state in Malaysia to have a special finance company to provide loans for house purchases for those who faced difficulty obtaining loans from the banking institutions.
“The company, named Mutiara Mortgage and Finance, had obtained initial funds of RM7 million from the federal government and RM8 million from the state government, raising the total funds available to RM15 million,” he said.