Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: A total of RM12 billion has been spent by the Sarawak government to improve rural infrastructures across the state in the last three years.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in revealing this said it included expenses on water and electricity supplies and construction of roads.

“In the last three years, we have spent about RM12 billion which includes water supply, electrification and construction of roads in rural areas.

“Most of the infrastructures are completed and the state is more or less already connected. This will be continued in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP),” he said when met by reporters after launching the Padawan Road upgrading project on Saturday.

Abang Johari said, the next step forward for Sarawak was to improve its digital connectivity by improving internet coverage.

“When the roads are completed, we can lay down the cable and the cables will be upgraded using 5G technology. This (5G) will be implemented in urban areas first and rural areas after that.

“The adoption of technology is due to promoting online education as the current norm is that teaching and learning are being done online,” he said.

On the road upgrading project in Padawan, Abang Johari said he would visit similar development projects that were being done statewide.

“Next week I am visiting Paloh where we are building a bridge besides Daro where we have the Batang Lassa bridge which is now under construction.

“This will connect Daro to Pulau Bruit and from there to Tanjung Manis,” he said.