Mahdzir Khalid announces over RM1.2 bil budget for rural roads
Minister says effort will allow better rural-to-urban network, benefit local communities
KENINGAU – The Rural Development Ministry has allocated over RM1.2 billion for the Rural Road Programme nationwide in efforts to provide a better rural-to-urban road network system, said its minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
He said the programme was implemented in line with the Rural Development Policy to expand and improve the network of road systems in rural areas. “The ministry aims to extend 100% basic infrastructure coverage in villages in Peninsular Malaysia and 80% in villages in Sabah and Sarawak.
“For this purpose, this year alone more than RM306 million has been allocated for the development of rural roads for Sabah and more than RM221 million for Sarawak,” he said. He told reporters this after inspecting the Jalan Rancangan Belia Tiulon – Kg Simbuan road upgrade project in Sook, near here today.
Also present were Deputy Works Minister Datuk Arthur Kurup and Rural Development Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad. Mahdzir said the road upgrade project had been approved under the Second Rolling Plan of the 12th Malaysia Plan this year at a cost of RM152 million.
“This project involves upgrading a 20km road with a paved width of 6.5m according to standards from the Works Departments.” H also added the Sabah Works Department will be the implementation agency.
“This stretch of road will also connect the villagers to Sook town and Keningau town as well as connect to 13 villages, three schools, clinics, and houses of worship with an estimated total of 2,000 people to benefit from it,” he said.
Mahdzir said the tender process for the upgrading project is expected to be carried out at the end of this month and construction work is expected to start in the first quarter of next year.
“This project will benefit people in the surrounding villages to transport crops and provide travel facilities for the villagers,” he added.
– Bernama, September 24, 2022