KUCHING: From the First Malaysia Plan (MP) to the 11MP, the state government has allocated a total of RM96.9 billion for development. 

Deputy director of the State Implementation Monitoring Unit (Simu) in the Chief Minister’s Office, Josenthiana Manggie, said under the 11MP from 2016 to 2020, it received the biggest allocation at RM37.1 billion. 

“The big amount goes to show that the Sarawak government is putting great emphasis on developing the state,” she said yesterday when presenting her talk entitled, ‘Bridging Infrastructure Gaps to Spark Economic Growth’ during a discourse for Bau District programme organised by Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Harry Jinep at Bau Civic Centre. 

She said most of the allocation was for developing the rural areas. 

“The state needs to provide all basic infrastructure to eliminate the socio-economic gap between the rural and urban areas. This is in line with the state government’s vision of making Sarawak a developed state by 2030,” she said. 

On the state’s Rural Transformation Projects (RTP), Josenthiana said from 2015 to 2019, a total of RM2.45 billion had been allocated for them RTP.

“As of today, there are 10,001 RTP projects and 72.2 per cent of them have been completed while 27.8 per cent are at various stages of implementation,” she said. 

She said the objective of the RTP is to accelerate the rural transformation and to improve the socio-economic status of the people. 

Over 200 people comprising community leaders and people of different political persuasions from around Bau attended the discourse which was also attended by Deputy State Secretary Datuk Ik Pahon Joyik. 

Josenthiana (centre) receives a souvenir from Ik Pahon (right) after she delivered her talk.