Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan

MIRI: Rural development continues to be a major focus of the Sarawak government under Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said modernising the agriculture industry would be the core effort towards ensuring development of the rural areas.

Awang Tengah said this at the opening of ‘Jum Regista Bisnes Sarawakku Sayang’ in Long Lama on Friday.

“That is why, in every State Budget, more than 30 percent of our budget is allocated for rural development,” he asserted.

Citing projects implemented in the Highland Development Agency (HDA) areas, he said it proved that GPS was committed to deliver what it had promised to the rakyat.

He pointed out that the huge amount of fund amounting at RM1.5 billion allocated to HDA reflected Sarawak government’s seriousness to close the rural-urban development gap.

“During Pakatan Harapan (PH)’s 22-month ruling, a lot of development projects meant for Sarawak were shelved and Sarawak, under GPS have to fund the projects such as bridges and roads to ensure that the rakyat would continue to benefit,” he said.

At the programme, Awang Tengah presented financial assistance amounting to RM521,000 for micro businesses to 16 local entrepreneurs in Telang Usan constituency.

Also present were Deputy Transport Minister Hasbi Habibollah, Baram MP Anyie Ngau and Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau.