KUCHING: The 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri yesterday (Sept 27) is important because it aims to resolve the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) issues as well as provide other developments for Sarawak.
In pointing this out, Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said, “This is in line with the needs of Sarawak where basic infrastructure were still not on par with those in Malaya.
“Thank you to the Prime Minister and the federal government because among the nine main focuses of the 12MP, the Prime Minister has specifically and clearly stated his commitment to settle the issue on Sarawak rights based on the MA63 through the seventh focus,” she said yesterday (Sept 27).
Fatimah, who is also the Dalat assemblywoman, said development infrastructure for digitisation was also very much needed in the state’s rural areas.
“The digital gap between urban and rural areas in the implementation and effectiveness of home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) can be seen clearly and the federal government should focus on this,” she said.
Fatimah added that allocations for building new houses and repair houses for the poor under Program Perumahan Rakyat Termiskin (PPRT) must be focused on.
“Houses are basic human needs. These are places to shelter from rain and heat, safe places for families and still many poor families need help to build new houses and repair existing ones.
“For that purpose, appropriate allocations should be given to Sarawak,” she said.