Rural people not left out

Naroden Majais (left) and Julaihi Narawi. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Assistant Minister of Infrastructure and Ports Development Datuk Julaihi Narawi said the 2022 State Budget proved that the state government cared about the needs of the rural people, including those in the coastal and inland areas.

“I thank the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government for presenting such an excellent Budget,” he told a press conference after attending the signing ceremony of the Masjid Al-Muttaqin site here on Wednesday (Oct 13).

Elaborating further, Julaihi added he was pleased that in the Budget, the government had provided allocations to manage communications in rural areas including roads, bridges as well as telecommunication networks.

Julaihi, who is also Sebuyau assemblyman, said the state government continued to emphasise socio-economic development agenda in the Budget.

“Apart from continuing to help entrepreneurs, the GPS government also emphasises on increasing agricultural yields and assistance to fishermen.

“In other words, the Budget is seen as very appropriate because it is based on the needs of the people,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais said the Budget could further intensify the development of infrastructure, water supply, communication and others in rural areas in an effort to bridge the gap between rural and urban areas.

“I am confident that by 2030, all villages and rural areas will be connected by roads and strong communication networks,” he said.

The Gedong assemblyman added the 2022 State Budget continued to offer assistance to entrepreneurs.

“The Budget helps the people, especially the business community, to open up the economic sector.

“The lifting of the ban on inter-district and interstate travels as well as the transition to the endemic phase have encouraged people to travel and to open their businesses again.

“But let us not forget to continue to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC),” he pointed out.