State Budget 2020: RM13.357 bln proposed for high-impact projects

Posted on : 05 Nov 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari receives the 2020 State Budget speech from his principal private secretary Dato Khir Busrah (left) at the State Legislative Assembly Complex in Kuching. With them is Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah. The chief minister tabled the state budget yesterday.

KUCHING: A sum of RM13.357 billion has been proposed in the 2020 State Budget to implement various high-impact projects next year to accelerate the pace of development in rural parts of Sarawak.

In delivering his budget speech yesterday, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said RM1.526 billion has been proposed for the Second Trunk Road, RM1.173 billion for Coastal Road Network and RM1.148 billion for projects under the Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda).

“RM500 million each for Project Rakyat and Rural Transformation Projects as well as RM343 million for projects under the Integrated Regional Samarahan Development Agency and RM236 million for Minor Rural Projects,” he said in the august House.

Abang Johari said his administration has also embarked on the Native Customary Rights (NCR) New Initiative Survey Programme and amended the Sarawak Land Code to recognise the usufructuary right over Native Territorial Domain.

Under this programme, he said a total of 52,000 hectares of NCR land throughout Sarawak will be perimeter-surveyed and another 15,000 hectares will be surveyed as individual lots.

“A sum of RM40 million has been approved by the state government to carry out these initiatives of which RM7 million has been allocated this year while the remaining RM33 million will be allocated next year,” he added.

To improve connectivity and accessibility, he said RM5.145 billion will be provided for the implementation of various roads and bridges including the Coastal Road Network and Second Trunk Road.

On the Coastal Road Network, the chief minister said major bridges such as Batang Kemena Bridge, Batang Lupar Bridge, Rambungan Bridge, Batang Lassa Bridge and Batang Igan Bridge will be implemented.

He added that the Second Trunk Road serves to provide an alternative shorter route to the main trunk road, Pan Borneo Highway and the Coastal Road Network.

With these roads and bridges implemented, Abang Johari believed that such extensive road connectivity would serve as a catalyst for further economic development in the state.

He said this is especially so in the rural areas, as it would open up new areas for agriculture and commercial development as well as other forms of socio-economic activities.