Kuala Lumpur: The development and wellbeing of rural folks in Sabah and Sarawak continue to be given attention by the Prime Minister with more than RM6.8 billion allocated under Budget 2018 to implement various development projects.
In Budget 2018 which he tabled in the Dewan Rakyat here Friday, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that RM1 billion would be provided for Sabah and another RM1 billion for Sarawak for repairs of dilapidated schools using the Industrial Building System.
He said this was the largest allocation that had been provided by the Government for this purpose.
Najib also said RM2 billion would be provided for the Pan-Borneo Highway project.
He said all 11 construction packages had been tendered out while five of 35 packages in the First Phase in Sabah had been awarded, while the remaining 12 were still in the tender process.
The Prime Minister said RM1 billion would be allocated through the Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to develop communication infrastructure and broadband facilities in Sabah and Sarawak.
He said almost RM500 million would be allocated for the construction of rural roads in Sabah and Sarawak, while another RM620 million would be for electricity supply in both states which would benefit 10,000 homes in the rural areas.
Another RM300 million would also be provided for the supply of clean water for 3,000 homes in Sabah and Sarawak, he said.
“A sum of RM50 million will be allocated for surveying and mapping of customary lands, of which RM30 million will be for Sarawak and RM20 million for Sabah,” he said.
Under Budget 2018, the Essential Items Price Standardisation Program in Sabah and Sarawak will also be continued with an allocation of RM80 million.
To enhance security controls at Sabah and Sarawak borders, a total of RM250 million would be allocated to the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom), including RM50 million for coastal surveillance radar, he said.
In addition, to boost investment, trade and industry, Najib said an allocation would be provided to build an access road to the Baleh Dam in Sarawak.
The Government also planned to build a new airport in Mukah and expand the one in Sandakan.
“To stimulate development in Labuan, the Government will conduct a feasibility study to build a bridge connecting Labuan to the mainland in Sabah,” he said.
B40 households in Sabah and Sarawak are among the 600 housing units throughout the country which would receive housing benefits under the My Beautiful New Homes (MyBNHomes), said Najib.
The more than RM6.8 billion development allocation for Sabah and Sarawak under Budget 2018 shows that the well-being of the people in the two states continues to be among Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s priority.
The Prime Minister also announced that RM1 billion would be allocated to Sabah and RM1 billion to Sarawak for rehabilitation of dilapidated schools, using the Industrialised Building System (IBS).
The allocations were the largest ever provided by the Government for the purpose, he said when tabling the 2018 Budget.
According to him, RM2 billion would be set aside for the Pan-Borneo Highway project.
He said all the 11 construction packages in Sarawak had been tendered and five of the 35 packages in the First Phase in Sabah awarded, while the remaining 12 were in the tender process.
Najib said another RM1 billion would be channelled to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for development of communications infrastructures and broadband facilities in Sabah and Sarawak.
He said almost RM500 million would be set aside for construction of rural roads in Sabah and Sarawak, and RM620 million for rural electricity supply in both states, benefiting 10,000 homes.
RM300 million will be set aside for clean water supply benefiting 3,000 homes in Sabah and Sarawak, “RM50 million is set aside for surveying and mapping of customary lands, that is, RM30 million for Sarawak and RM20 million for Sabah,” said Najib.
He said the Essential Goods Price Standardisation Programme in Sabah and Sarawak would be continued under Budget 2018 with an allocation of RM80 million.
To create income opportunities, RM10 million will be allocated to Sabah and RM10 million to Sarawak under the 1Azam programme.
To spur investment, trade and industry, Najib said funds would be provided for construction of an access route to Baleh Dam in Sarawak.
The Government also plans to build a new airport in Mukah and expand Sandakan Airport.
“To boost development in Labuan, the Government will conduct feasibility studies on building a bridge connecting Labuan with the mainland in Sabah,” he said.
The Prime Minister said 600 units of houses would be built under the “My Beautiful New Homes (MyBNHomes)” scheme, which lower income (B40) households in Sabah and Sarawak were eligible for.