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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

Regional Development.

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.



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

built nationwide.

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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