CM: S’wak govt financially strong, can continue projects

Posted on : 12 Oct 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post Online

Awang Tengah (third left) presents a souvenir to Abang Johari during the symposium. From left are Dr Hazland, Mussen, Naroden, Abdullah and Liaw.

KUCHING: The Sarawak government under Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is financially strong and able to continue with the implementation of Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) and Minor Rural Project (MRP) to benefit the people in rural areas.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said due to this financial strength, the Sarawak government starting this year has also given allocations to the 72 GPS assemblymen to carry out house-repair programmes.

“Allocations for RTP, MRP and house-repair programmes will continue because the government under GPS has a strong financial standing to bring projects and improve infrastructure like roads and drainage and other amenities for the people in rural areas, whom we want to help and are the focus of the state government,” he said yesterday.

He said this when officiating at the Southern Zone (Kuching, Samarahan and Serian) Contractors Symposium at the old State Legislative Assembly (DUN) complex in Petra Jaya, here.

According to Abang Johari, RM200 million was allocated this year to Kuching, Samarahan and Serian, with the amount set to be increased by another RM200 million next year.

The chief minister also pointed out that the Sarawak government would also step in and help projects in rural areas that have been cancelled.

“We will continue with the projects in rural areas,” he said, citing the recent announcement he made to allocate RM2.8 billion to address water woes in rural areas for the next two years.

The chief minister also urged contractors from Class F until Class C, who will undertake the RTP, MRP and house-repair projects, to have the capacity to carry out the projects.

He pointed out contractors in these categories must be prepared to carry out the projects themselves and to complete them on time.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said RM648 million is allocated each year for various projects under RTP and MRP in the state.

This, he pointed out, would provide business opportunities for Bumiputera contractors from Class F until Class C.

“With the allocation given by the state government, we want our Bumiputera contractors to benefit. This is our objective,” said Awang Tengah, who is also Minister of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development and also Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resources.

Among those present yesterday were Assistant Minister of Entrepreneur and Small and Medium Enterprise Development Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, Assistant Minister of Industrial Development Malcolm Mussen Lamoh, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Corporate Affairs) Abdullah Saidol, Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Hipni, and permanent secretary to the Ministry of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development Datu Liaw Soon Eng.