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By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, Oct 16: Rural development continues to be one of the main focuses of the Sarawak government under Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan asserted, GPS is stepping up its effort for balanced urban and rural development and this includes promoting agriculture development in the surrounding rural areas.
Awang Tengah said this at the opening of ‘Jum Regista Bisnes Sarawakku Sayang” in Long Lama today.
Also present were Baram MP Anyi Ngau and Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau.
During the programme, Awang Tengah also presented financial assistance for micro businesses amounting to RM521,000 to 16 local entrepreneurs from the Telang Usan constituency.
“That is why, in every state budget presentation, more than 30 per cent of our budget is allocated for rural development,” he reckoned.
Citing projects implemented within the Highland Development Agency (HDA) area, Awang Tengah said this proves that GPS is committed to fulfilling and delivering its promises to the people.
He added, the formation of HDA under the Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on July 12, 2018, with funding amounting to RM1.5 billion to develop areas under HDA reflects the Sarawak government’s seriousness to close the rural-urban development gap.
“During Pakatan Harapan(PH)’s 22-month rule, a lot of projects meant for development in Sarawak had been cut off, and Sarawak, under GPS decided to fund and implement many of these projects to benefit the rakyat,” he pointed out.— DayakDaily