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KKDW allocates RM1.5 billion in 12MP for Sarawak rural development
Published on: Sunday, May 19, 2024
By: Bernama
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KKDW allocates RM1.5 billion in 12MP for Sarawak rural development
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SARIKEI: The Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKDW) has allocated RM1.5 billion, as an amendable plan in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), for rural development in Sarawak.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the very significant allocation was to facilitate the planning and implementation of various efforts to create competitive rural communities and improve their quality of life.

“As the responsible minister, I will certainly continue to play a role in the development of rural areas in Sarawak, to help the state government to ensure that, especially, infrastructure in rural areas can be given due consideration,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, said this at the Pre-Gawai Sarikei 2024 celebration, here, today.

He added that among the focus areas are bridge construction, provision of electricity and clean water and telecommunication services.

He said since telecommunications in this country has been upgraded to 5G, it will not only be provided in places with a large population.

“Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is deeply concerned and wants that the interior areas in Sarawak and Sabah should get 5G coverage so that we can connect with the outside world.

“This is especially important for students, whether they are in primary school or secondary school, or those in higher education, and this should be implemented as soon as possible,” he said while expressing confidence that the Digital Ministry will do it as soon as possible.

For this year’s Gawai celebration, he prayed that more development be brought to Sarawak.

However, for that to happen, political stability, unity and harmony between races must continue to be maintained, he said.

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