KUCHING: Kapit and areas under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) will benefit from infrastructure projects under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) particularly those to improve accessibility to rural areas.
According to Deputy Works Minister Datuk Yong Khoon Seng, Roads to Kapit and SCORE areas will be part of the 2,850 km of new roads to be built in Sarawak under the 10MP.
These new roads will improve connectivity between towns and provide the much-needed accessibility for the rural areas, he said.
“This will benefit the people in Sarawak in terms of opening up rural areas, bringing in electricity and clean water supply, and promoting economic growth,” he told reporters here.
According to Yong, the details on the location and costs of the new roads are still being worked out by the government.
“We will only know (the finalised details) by the end of August.
“Kapit is part of it (the new roads)… So are the SCORE areas. The new roads will be built throughout the state,” he said.
A total of RM230 billion has been allocated for infrastructure development throughout the nation under the 10MP tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on June 10.
It is believed Sarawak will be getting an increased allocation from the RM2.3 billion for roads projects under the current Ninth Malaysian Plan (9MP).
Apart from 2,800km of new roads, the government will also improve rural water supply with a target of 95 per cent households in Sarawak, and electricity for 99 per cent rural areas in the state.
Yong, who is Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) vice president, earlier officiated at the closing ceremony of Parents Day Carnival organised by SUPP Batu Lintang branch Indian Affairs Bureau (IAB) at Islamic Information Centre here.
In his speech, Yong said the carnival was truly a showcase of 1Malaysia.
“The event is organised by the Indians, held at the Islamic centre, and attended by Chinese like myself,” he said.
He said such event is also a good way for families to improve ties while at the same time have fun and win prizes.
“In the old days, we used to have the extended family where three generations – grandparents, their children and grandchildren -live together and the ties were so close.
“Nowadays, people move out of their homes due to work and other commitments, causing the family system to become a dying amber. And so, activities such as this is good to promote family unity,” said the Stampin member of parliament.
Also present at the event were SUPP Youth chief Sih Hua Tong, IAB chairperson Lucy Lingam, IIC chief executive officer Sabariah Mentali and local Indian community leaders.
The event saw games and telematches being played. Awards were also presented to notable local Indians.