KUCHING (Bernama) — The Regional and Rural Development Ministry will allocate RM1.35 billion next year to enhance basic infrastructure coverage in the rural areas in Sarawak, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang.
He said a big portion of the allocation would be used for rural roads projects through an allocation of RM738.2 million, followed by rural electricity supply (RM416.6 million), rural water supply (RM117.4 million), house aid programme (RM50 million) and rural access roads (RM32.5 million).
“A total sum of RM126.4 million was also allocated by the ministry for next year to Sarawak to implement various projects via the ministry’s agencies aimed at further boasting rural development in the state,” Jabu, who is also state Rural Development Minister, said his winding-up speech for his ministry at the state legislative assembly sitting yesterday.
He said up to Oct 31 this year, 268.9km of rural roads were completed at a cost of RM173.3 million or upgraded under the National Key Result Area (NKRA) initiative compared to the annual target of 107.7km,” he said.
He said during the same period, a total of 1,653 units of houses were completed and renovated compared to the annual target of 2,496 units under the house aid programme costing RM34.1 million.