KUCHING, March 31 (Bernama) -- The allocations for rural development in
Sarawak and Sabah under the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) this year represent
78 per cent of the RM6.4 billion channelled to the Ministry of Rural and
The ministry''s Secretary-General, Datuk Ibrahim Muhamad said Sabah and
Sarawak each received RM3 billion.
Out of the total allocation for rural development, RM2.77 billion was for
rural road projects, RM300 million for housing projects for the poor, RM2.14
billion for electricity supply and RM2.37 billion for water supply, he said in
an interview with Bernama and Radio Television Malaysia, here today.
Ibrahim said the ministry was confident that the implementation of the NKRA
projects in Sarawak this year could achieve their target based on last year''s
success when the implementation had exceeded the ministry''s target.
The NKRA programme was for a three-year period beginning last year with the
focus on four areas, namely housing for the poor, rural roads, rural water
supply, and rural electricity supply, he said.
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Ibrahim said that in Sarawak, the ministry had targeted to build 222.95
kilometres of rural roads, and as at the end of February, 45.57km of the road
had already been constructed.
As for the supply of clean water to the rural areas, the target was to
provide piped water to 13,024 houses in the state, while the rural
electrification programme hoped to provide electricity to 21,792 homes in
Sarawak which represented 80 per cent of the overall national target of
providing electricity to 26,882 homes.
He said that under the housing project for the poor, a total of 3,011 houses
would be built in the state, which was 30 per cent of the 9,146 homes to be
Ibrahim said Sabah and Sarawak were given a bigger allocation because
infrastructural development in the two states was still lagging behind, unlike
in the peninsula where the focus was more on the development of human capital
because infrastructural facilities in there were generally were better.
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