KUCHING: The federal government’s Pemerkasa programme focuses on the safety and health of the people while recovering the economy, said Senior Minister (Infrastructure Cluster) Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.
“Since taking oath, the current government has faced the Covid-19 pandemic and needed to implement the movement control order.
“The government’s approach is to focus on the safety and health of the people and at the same time, we need to balance the economy.
“If the economy is not good, it would affect the people,” he said in a Facebook post today.
Fadillah thanked Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for unveiling the RM20 billion programme, adding that it was part of the 6R strategy (Resolve, Resilient, Restart, Recovery, Revitalise and Reform) introduced by the government last year with a fiscal injection of RM11 billion.
“This is the fifth phase in reviving the economy in addition to the initial steps where numerous allocations had been channelled to help the people and boost the economy.”
For the Works Ministry, he said from 2021 onwards, it would commence small-scale projects worth RM2.5 billion to RM5 billion to move the economy at grassroots level.
“This small project is dedicated to G1 to G4 contractors, specifically for recovery and repair due to flood disasters. This will certainly drive economic activity not only in the infrastructure sector, but also the local economy.
“The Pemerkasa programme also supports the country’s sustainability agenda through Sukuk Lestari where no less than US$1 billion has been announced.
“In this regard, the ministry has mobilised the country’s green policy through initiatives we have implemented, including Solar Energy Purchasing (SEP) which we just launched on March 16.”
Fadillah said the ministry would also work with Tenaga Nasional through its subsidiary for the SEP programme — a rooftop solar installation method that supplies energy to buildings.
“More importantly, this energy is renewable and clean as well as generates savings for the government.”