THE Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW) will build 433km of rural roads in Sarawak this year.
That’s roughly the distance from Kuching to Sibu return.
The construction will be part of the overall 1,350km of rural roads to be built by the KKLW nationwide this year.
It is part of the Ministry’s focus to provide roads, water supply, electricity and houses under its National Key Result Area (NKRA).
Now those of us in remote villages know how vital rural roads are.
They can really make a difference in travelling time and convenience.
Having the rural roads will also open up new opportunities for farming as idle land along the new roads could be used productively, and for trade as goods from the village will be more easily sold in the towns.
It will also be easier for students to get to school and tertiary institutions.
Under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) a total of 2,819km of paved roads will be constructed in Sarawak.
This is part of the government’s efforts to ensure that basic physical infrastructure is accessible to all, with a focus on the expansion and upgrading of rural road networks.
Looking forward to the new opportunities provided by the new rural roads in the State this year.
The report from Bernama:
KKLW To Build 1,350km Of Rural Roads This Year
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18 (Bernama) — The Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW) is targeting to build 1,350 kilometres of rural roads throughout the country, said its minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
He said the provision of roads, water supply, electricity and houses remained the focus of the ministry in looking after the welfare of the rural dwellers in line with the National Key Result Area (NKRA) specified for the ministry.
He said that out of the 1,350 kilometres of roads to be constructed, 462km would be built in the peninsula, 433km in Sarawak while the remaining would be built in Sabah.
“Rural roads, rural water supply, rural electricity supply and the Housing Aid Programme (PBR) are the four NKRAs that we must achieve in helping the people.
“I hope the year 2012 will bring much success to the KKLW in discharging the trust to champion the welfare of the rural community,” he said at the dinner, ‘Majlis Gemilang KKLW 2011’ at a hotel in Seri Kembangan, here Wednesday night. — BERNAMA