Sarawak Budget 2022: RM4.8 bln allocated for rural devt

Abang Johari (facing front, seated left) in a meeting with Sarawak lawmakers on Sarawak Budget 2022 at BCCK today (Oct 12, 2021).

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Oct 12: A total of RM4.803 billion or 64 per cent of the total development expenditure in Sarawak Budget 2022 has been allocated for the implementation of various rural-based infrastructure projects and people-centric programmes.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg announced this today when unveiling the budget at at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here today.


He said RM1.18 billion will be used to intensify infrastructure development such as roads, bridges, ports and riverine infrastructure. Construction of major infrastructure projects under alternative funding initiatives such as road networks, airports and urban transportation will continue to be implemented next year.

He said the completion of these projects will provide greater accessibility and connectivity, as well as open up more rural areas for agriculture and other socio-economic development.

Out of the RM4.803 billion, RM124 million will be allocated to upgrade facilities and infrastructure in industrial parks including Sibu Industrial Estate, Demak Laut Industrial Park and Sematan Industrial Estate.

“Greater emphasis will be placed to secure more quality investments (direct domestic investment and foreign direct investment) and to position Sarawak as a top-tier destination for investment, economic growth and job creation.

“Hence, investsarawak will be incorporated in 2022 as a vehicle to take up this initiative,” said Abang Johari who is also the Finance and Economic Planning Minister.

To revive the tourism sector, a sum of RM131 million will be provided under Sarawak Budget 2022 for tourism development, promotion and cultural heritage.

“I wish to announce the setting up of the Heritage, Arts and Culture Facilitation Fund in 2022, whereby a sum of RM10 million will be provided.

“This special assistance will assist heritage, arts and culture organisations and associations to organise activities and enhance the capacity of the organisations,” said Abang Johari. — DayakDaily