Budget 2020: Recoda gets RM55mil to develop Samalaju Industrial Park

Lim Guan Eng in Parliament. - File photo

KUCHING, Oct 11: The Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) has been allocated RM55 million to develop the Samalaju Industrial Park

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, when tabling the national Budget 2020 in Parliament today, said in total, RM1.1 billion will be allocated to support projects for corridor development activities throughout the country.

“Other developments to benefit included RM50 million for the development of Chuping Valley Industrial Area in Perlis by NCIA and RM69.5 million for the Kuantan Port related projects by ECERDC.

“A total of RM42 million will be allocated for the construction of Sungai Segget Centralised Sewerage Treatment Plant in Johor by IRDA and RM20 million for the Sabah Agro-Industrial Precinct by SEDIA,” Lim said.

The minister also announced the implementation of the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) over the next five years, which will provide comprehensive coverage of high speed and quality digital connectivity nationwide including the rural areas.

“With a budget of RM21.6 billion, the plan will adopt a public private partnership approach where the federal government would finance at least half of the required investment with corresponding investments by the private sector telecommunications players via a matching grant mechanism,” he said.

This is aimed to improve connectivity in remote areas especially in Sabah and Sarawak to ensure nobody would be left behind in the country’s digital drive, he continued.

Lim said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will allocate RM250 million to leverage on various technologies, including via satellite broadband connectivity.

In addition, the government will allocate RM210 million to accelerate the deployment of new digital infrastructure for public buildings, particularly schools and high impact areas such as industrial parks.

“Priority will be given to locations within states that are able to facilitate and expedite the implementation of the NFCP,” said Lim. — DayakDaily