PM admits Sarawak, Sabah’s border devt slow compared to Indonesia’s Nusantara

Anwar speaking during the Dewan Rakyat session in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 10, 2023. Screenshot taken from the Parlimen Malaysia livestream on YouTube

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10: Prime Minister Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim admitted that Sarawak and Sabah’s border development has been relatively slow compared to developments on the Indonesian side following the relocation of the country’s capital from Jakarta to Nusantara in East Kalimantan.

In a Bernama news report, the prime minister attributed this to the RM1 billion allocation that was only recently approved this year but reassured that all relevant ministries have been ordered to expedite matters.

He said this in response to Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (GRS-Keningau) during the Dewan Rakyat session today.

Earlier in his response, Anwar said the government had approved RM1 billion to develop the border areas in Sarawak and Sabah to accelerate the development of basic infrastructure and security.

He added this included the construction of the Immigration, Customs, and Quarantine Complex (ICQS), security posts, and other facilities.

Anwar said that this year, the government approved 17 border projects—eight in Sabah (RM82.2 million) and nine in Sarawak (RM88.2 million)—which will commence soon. — DayakDaily