RTP projects not conducted in cash

Dr Hazland (left) visits the sepak takraw court project at Kampung Bako Hilir.

KUCHING: Contrary to assertions made by some quarters, the implementation of projects under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) is not paid for in cash.

Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni said the allocations were channelled through the Resident’s and district offices. 

“The RTP projects, which are being carried out for the fifth year, are in accordance with strict financial rules and guidelines.

“This is because every RTP project application must go through detailed procedures, evaluation and screening before being implemented,” he explained when met after visiting the sepak takraw court project at Kampung Bako Hilir recently.

Dr Hazland said RM5 million had been allocated to each representative to implement RTP projects in his/her constituency and applications for the projects could be made by the village security and development committees (JKKKs).

“The allocations will be managed by the Resident and District Offices based on the list of projects that have been approved,” he said, adding that the implementation of the projects would be monitored by government agencies.

“These include the Public Works Department (JKR), Irrigation and Drainage Department (DID), Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) and Padawan Municipal Council (MPP),” he added.

On the RM100,000 sepak takraw court RTP project, Dr Hazland said it was running smoothly.

“The completion of this court will allow the youths in Kampung Bako Hilir and the surrounding areas to play sports and have fun.

“This will keep them away from negative and unhealthy activities,” he said.

The assemblyman said besides the sepak takraw court, several other RTP projects were being implemented in the Demak Laut constituency.

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