Mahdzir: Nearly RM900 mln allocated for basic infrastructure development in Sarawak

Mahdzir (fourth right) and the delegation from KPLB in a meeting with Abang Johari. Photo credit: Office of The Premier of Sarawak

KUCHING, Sept 30: The Federal Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) has allocated nearly RM900 million for basic infrastructure projects in Sarawak.

Its Minister Dato Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the allocation was intended for the 2022 expenditure for the development of basic infrastructure, economy and human capital.

“But at the same time, there are also extensions of projects from 2021 that have not been completed yet.


“As such, we have to look into this matter so that the implementation will run smoothly and when there is a new project, we will coordinate with the State government,” he said in a news report by Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas) yesterday (Sept 29).

He said this during his courtesy call on Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex.

Following the meeting, the Sarawak government and KPLB have agreed to strengthen and improve coordination for all development projects currently and to be implemented in the State.

Commenting on projects facing constraints in Sarawak, Mahdzir informed that no project has been stopped due to cost saving factors following the Covid-19 pandemic.

“There are projects that have been completed and some are still under implementation.

“The most important thing is coordination for projects yet to be implemented and just about to commence so that there is no overlapping between the State and KPLB budgets,” he added.

Second Deputy Minister of KPLB Datuk Hasbi Habibollah, its secretary-general Datuk Ramlan Harun, its deputy secretary Mas Rizal Mohd Hilmi and KPLB Sarawak director Mohd Syafiq Anas Abdullah were among those present. — DayakDaily