2017 Budget: KKLW Continues Focus On Rural Road Network, Electricity

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A common sight in rural areas in Sabah and Sarawak. Every year, Putrajaya seems to allocate money to construct new roads but it never seems to overcome such bad conditions.
A common sight in rural areas in Sabah and Sarawak. Every year, Putrajaya seems to allocate money to construct new roads but it never seems to overcome such bad conditions.

KUCHING – The Rural and Regional Development Ministry expects more allocations will be provided for the construction, implementation and repairs of rural road network in the 2017 Budget scheduled to be tabled by Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Oct 21.

Its deputy minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said aside from the road network, the ministry also planned to provide 24-hour electricity supply, especially in Sabah and Sarawak that required a huge allocation.

“In the 2016 Budget, the ministry received an allocation of over RM10 billion, out of which, RM5.4 billion was used for development while the rest was for management,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after officiating at the handing over of grants to seven non governmental organisations and associations here Thursday.

Among the projects that were successfully implemented are more than 700 kms of road network in Sarawak which were repaired, maintained and upgraded, involving a cost of over RM1 billion.

“The ministry wants to continue building roads and overhaul the rural network especially in Sabah and Sarawak that still need such infrastucture. We will also continue 24-hour electricity supply projects that require huge allocations,” he said adding that it was the people’s hope the Finance Minister would approve the allocations requested.