KUCHING: Various programmes and projects have been designed and implemented by the State government in effort to improve the socioeconomic status of the rural population in line with the national target to achieve a developed nation status with high income by 2020.
According to Minister of Rural Development Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, his ministry would ensure that rural transformation process could be implemented in more organised and effective manner.
“Priority will be given to the implementation and monitoring of the projects as well as the efforts to streamline the mechanism of funding from the federal government.
“A high level committee between my ministry and the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW) will be established to coordinate and monitor the rural projects implementation in the State,” said Jabu in his winding up speech at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting, yesterday.
He added in effort to develop the rural area, the federal government had launched six transformation agenda which focused on infrastructure, youth development, economics, entrepreneurship, human capital and also the government delivery systems.
Touching on rural road project (JALB), Jabu said that under Tenth Malaysian Plan (10MP), a total of RM2.31 billion had been allocated for the implementation of 219 rural road projects in the State.
“Until 31 October 2015, a total of 182 projects or 1,079.09 km of road have been built and about RM2.28 billion (98.8 per cent) has been spent,” he said.
On another matter, Jabu noted that Rural Transformation Centres (RTCs) in Sibuti and Miri that started operation on 2 January this year had successfully attracted a total of 17,674 visitors.
“As of 30 November 2015, a total of RM166,426.00 was generated from the sale of businesses operating in the RTC farmers market.
“In the same period, a total of 55 programmes were implemented by various agencies such as courses, training courses, seminars and meetings in the RTC, which have benefited 4,6612 people,” he said.
He also pointed that there were two 1Malaysia kiosks and nine departments and agencies have been fully operational in the RTC, such as National Registration Department, Subis District Council, Dental, MARA, KEMAS, Welfare Department, MPOB, Agro Bank and LKIM.