Fatimah (second left) hands over approved letters and cheques to Muhlis as others look on.

DALAT: Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah lauded the Ziarah Kampung programme.

She admitted that the programme had enabled her to see and reach out as well as listen to the voices and concerns of the rural populace.

There is still much to be done and the people want the government to continue with the rural centric development agenda, the minister said.

“We acknowledge the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s effort in revenue engineering because we cannot wait or depend on the federal allocation alone.

“With revenue engineering and extra revenue from State Sales Tax (SST) on oil and gas, we can continue with our rural development agenda for village roads, wooden walkways, water supply, internet coverage, trading places, repair houses, repair or build places of worship, nurseries, kindergartens, improve school facilities, and the list goes on,” she said when speaking at the Ziarah Kampung programme at Kampung Sungai Kut Muara community hall here today.

Fatimah, who is also Dalat assemblywoman, revealed the programme at Kampung Sungai Kut Muara was the last of her total of 29 visits.

She said the first programme began at Kampung Sungai Kut Tengah and the last one at Kampung Sungai Kut Muara, but this did not mean that the last one was not important.

Various projects were announced and highlighted during her visits, apart from discussing current issues, she pointed out.

At Kampung Sungai Kut Muara, the site of her purported last visit, Fatimah made a surprise announcement when she said the coming 12th state election would be her last time contesting in Dalat constituency.

At the event, she also handed over letters of approval for two minor rural projects (MRP) worth a total of RM270,000, and two MRP cheques worth RM125,550 to the village JKKK chairman, ketua kaum Muhlis Jalim.

The approved projects were for roofing of a futsal court (RM150,000) and constructing concrete at a parking area (RM120,000), while the cheques would be used to finance the building of new wooden walkway from the bazar to housing area (RM115,550) and for the purchase of equipment for the village development and security committee (JKKK) worth RM10,000.