LION’S SHARE FOR SABAH, SARAWAK

Both states get 50pc of the RM5.83b for ru­ral de­vel­op­ment

New Straits Times - - News - ADIB POVERA KUCH­ING adibpovera@nst.com.my

SARAWAK and Sabah have been re­ceiv­ing the lion’s share from the na­tional bud­get for ru­ral de­vel­op­ment an­nu­ally. This as­serts the com­mit­ment by the gov­ern­ment to im­prove the liveli­hood of the ru­ral folks in the two states as Malaysia pro­gresses to be­come a high-in­come na­tion.

Deputy Ru­ral and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Alexan­der Nanta Linggi said this in the Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion 2050 (TN50) com­mu­nity dia­logue here yes­ter­day.

“For this year, the min­istry re­ceived RM5.83 bil­lion for ru­ral de­vel­op­ment, of which 50 per cent was al­lo­cated for Sarawak and Sabah.

“Such an amount is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of how the gov­ern­ment has ini­ti­ated proac­tive mea­sures to im­prove the liveli­hood of ru­ral folks in both states.

“Like other min­istries, we also want to bridge the in­come gap be­tween the ru­ral folks and peo­ple liv­ing in ur­ban ar­eas na­tion­wide.”

Also pre­sent was Machan state as­sem­bly­man Allan Si­den Gra­mong.

More than 300 youths at­tended the dia­logue, the third TN50 com­mu­nity dia­logue or­gan­ised by the min­istry af­ter Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Tereng­ganu.

Alexan­der, who is also the Kapit mem­ber of par­lia­ment, said a to­tal of 21 ideas and sug­ges­tions were re­ceived dur­ing the one-day dia­logue.

“There are some good sug­ges­tions, but some fall short of this dia­logue’s ob­jec­tive.

“Nev­er­the­less, the gov­ern­ment is ad­dress­ing all of the cur­rent is­sues af­fect­ing the peo­ple.

“We hope that the younger gen­er­a­tion made use of this dia­logue to voice their as­pi­ra­tions for the fu­ture of Sarawak and Malaysia,” he said.

The next TN50 com­mu­nity dia­logue or­gan­ised by the min­istry will be held in Sabah next month.

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