By Malcolm Lau
KUCHING, Jan 21: A total of RM1.5 billion was allocated for the implementation of the Highland Development Agency (HDA) infrastructure projects, which will benefit the locals in the area.
“The construction of basic infrastructure projects in the interior area of Baram will provide connectivity for the community to facilitate further and faster development in these rural areas,” said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas during the signing ceremony of HDA Infrastructure Projects at Penview Convention Centre today.
“The implementation of these high impact projects not only provide connectivity for the people but also open up socio-economic opportunities to improve their livelihood and social well-being,” he added.
According to Uggah, HDA will be the key to open up vast land areas for potential investments in commercial agriculture and economic activities which will benefit the locals.
“This is the aspiration of the government, through Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), to drive development in the rural areas and to create jobs and economic opportunities for the rural population,” he added.
He said that the socio-economic status of the rural people will be uplifted and poverty will also be eradicated at the same time.
Meanwhile, there are a total of 41 infrastructure projects consisting of roads, clean water supply and electricity supply to be implemented by HDA within two years
The signing ceremony was signed between Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) Chief Executive Officer Datu Ismawi Ismuni and the contractors from each project. —DayakDaily