KUCHING, Nov 8: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has proposed an allocation of RM752 million to improve the basic infrastructure and water supply of Sarawak.
Out of the RM752 million, RM409 million is for the improvement of physical connectivity including the building of bridges and roads.
Abang Johari who is also Finance Minister said some of the projects which will be or are being implemented are the Sungai Limbang Bridge, Sungai Bunut No. 2 Bridge and connecting roads for Limbang.
Other projects include Samarahan and Betong, the Batang Lupar Bridge as well as the improvement of Jalan Ijok, Jalan Teguyo, Jalan Lempaong, Jalan Batu Pesok and Jalan Rantau Layang for Betong.
For northern Sarawak, projects in the list are the Long Lama Bridge and Marudi Bridge in Miri as well as riverwall and other associated works at Fort Hose, Marudi, and also Batang Kemena at Jepak and Sabauh for Bintulu.
For Kuching, the Sungai Bako Bridge leading to Kampung Bako and Datuk Temenggong Abang Kipali Abang Akip interchange via a shallow underpass are on the list for improvement and implementation.
For the central region, the projects include the road leading to Tapak Kaul, Mukah; a riverwall at Kapit and a riverwall at Sungai Kanowit, Sibu.
Abang Johari also proposed RM343 million to extend the coverage of water supply especially to rural communities.
These water projects included a pipeline from Assyakirin Reservoir to Nyabau Water Treatment Plant intake; Miri Water Supply Source Development; Bukit Selatan retention pond dan related works; Semariang water supply; Kemena Reservoir; water supply in Bau/Lundu/Sematan; upgrading of Berawan Water Treatment Plant; relocation of Kuching/Serian Road pipeline and a water pipe from Nyabau water treatment plant to Kidurong Industrial Area, Bintulu.
Meanwhile, Abang Johari also proposed a total of RM430 million to accelerate rural development where RM230 million is allocated for Rural Transformation Programmes and RM200 million for Minor Rural Projects.
A total of RM223 million was also proposed to strengthen agriculture development while RM103 million was proposed as allocation for the further development of industrial estates including Demak Laut Industrial Park, Lundu Industrial Estates, Betong Industrial Estates, Marudi Industrial Estates and the upgrading of Rantau Panjang Industrial Estates.
For 2018, a sum of RM232 million is proposed for the building of Rumah Mampu Milik and Rumah Mesra Rakyat.
The state also proposed to allocate a sum of RM102.5 million to undertake the Darul Hana Redevelopment Project and Kampung Sungai Bedaun Project in Kuching; redevelopment of the traditional village in Sibu; and Kampung Kapit.
A further sum of RM26.2 million is also proposed for the implementation of 16 kampung extension schemes throughout the state.
The effort, according to Abang Johari, was aimed at raising the living standards of rural communities. — DayakDaily