Fadillah lauds Budget 2018 as ‘inclusive, responsible and comprehensive’

KUCHING, Oct 27: Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof says Budget 2018, themed “Prospering an Inclusive Economy, Balancing between Worldly and Hereafter, For the Wellbeing of the Rakyat, Towards the TN50 Aspiration” is inclusive, responsible and comprehensive.

He said the budget was in line with the pursuit of sustained sustainable economic growth, impacting all walks of life, from the city to the village and taking into account all the small, medium and large projects.

“In the budget presented this afternoon, the focus is still on ensuring infrastructure investment as a strong catalyst for the long-term growth of the country’s economy.

“For the Ministry of Works, we are grateful and thankful to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for continuing the country’s main agenda for the wellbeing of the nation,” said Fadillah in a press statement today in response to Budget 2018 which was read out by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Parliament today.

Fadillah highlighted a few allocations including the RM1 billion to repair and upgrade schools in Sarawak and RM2 billion for the Pan Borneo Highway.

“A total of RM2 billion has been allocated for LPB (Pan Borneo Highway). For Sarawak, all 11 construction packages have been distributed, while five of the 35 Phase One packages in Sabah have been awarded and 12 are in the tender process.

“Also allocated is RM1.1 billion for community-friendly projects such as upgrading bridges, village street lights, surau and markets,” the Petra Jaya MP pointed out.

Other provisions received by Sabah and Sarawak from the 2018 budget, he said, was RM1 billion allocated through Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, to develop communications infrastructure and broadband facilities in Sabah and Sarawak.

He also highlighted the RM934 million sum for rural road projects, including almost RM500 million for Sabah and Sarawak.

“Meanwhile, RM672 million for electricity supply, including RM620 million involves 10,000 rural houses; and RM50 million is allocated for custom mapping and measurement of land — RM30 million for Sarawak while RM20 million is for Sabah,” he said. — DayakDaily