Only Sarawak has rural transformation programme

Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan

KUCHING: Allocations through minor rural project (MRP) and rural transformation programme (RTP) funds will continue to be given as long as Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is the state government.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the allocations, which have been a boon to the development throughout the state, is part of the Sarawak government’s continuous agenda.

“Only in Sarawak can we see a substantial allocation in terms of MRP. I have checked the other states. None of them is giving an amount as largely similar to what is given by the GPS state government.

“For RTP, I have also checked … No other states in Malaysia are giving allocations in terms of RTP. It is only in Sarawak,” he said when officiating at an MRP grant presentation ceremony in Lawas today.

Awang Tengah said every elected assemblyman from GPS is given a total of RM5 million in RTP allocations annually.

“RTP is for us to implement projects needed by the people such as halls, bridges, recreation centre, mosques, surau (a small mosque, or a designated room in a public building), temples and churches. I know there have been a lot of requests for the projects but we can’t do it all at one time.

“But as long as Sarawak is under GPS, led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, the MRP and the RTP, which was pioneered by the late Chief Minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem, will continue to be implemented,” he said.

Awang Tengah said under the watch of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government after the 14 general election (GE14), GPS members of parliament (MPs) were deprived of MRP allocations and were only given funds to run their service centre.

“The state government under the chief minister also gave allocations to GPS MPs for MRP and RTP. Under PH, a lot of projects that have been previously approved were cancelled.

“These are not only large projects but small projects as well. Projects such as home repair for the needy and dilapidated homes were cancelled and a lot of other welfare assistances were cut.

“But thankfully, under the Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government, these allocations were continued,” he said.