KUCHING: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday promised to continue building infrastructure in rural and remote areas of Sarawak.
As such, the federal government will continue to work closely with the Sarawak government to ensure that the development process is successfully implemented.
“It is the federal government aim to continue to cooperate with the Sarawak government so that the rural transformation agenda can be implemented using the big allocation provided via the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) by constructing schools, health centres and so on.
“This is done by achieving high growth rate in the range of 5 to 6 per cent per annum. The increased revenue can be distributed to close the development gap between Sarawak and the peninsula.
“We will continue with our efforts and with the cooperation of the Sarawak government, the process will be smooth and effective,” he said when answering questions from Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud after addressing the 13th Civil Service Premier Dialogue carried live from Plenary Hall, Putrajaya International Convention Centre, (PICC) to Wisma Bapa Malaysia, Petra Jaya here.
In the dialogue session, Abdul Taib urged federal government to help expedite the process of change in rural and remote areas of Sarawak as they still lack infrastructure.
Also present at the function were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, Deputy Minister of Information Communications and Culture Datuk Joseph Salang, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani and Federal Secretary Datuk Md Yahaya Basimin. — Bernama