SARAWAK is definitely on the right track in the effort to close the development gap between urban and rural areas in the State.
Under the National Key Result Area (NKRA) for the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, some 223km of roads have been completed at a cost of about RM455.57 million.
Besides that, a total of 18,052 houses have also been connected with water supply at a cost of RM626.39 million.
This is an excellent achievement compared to the initial target of 13,024 households.
In fact Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said most of the ministry’s projects under NKRA in Sarawak have been implemented according to or even exceeding the targets.
Another way that the State is working on closing the urban-rural development gap is having concrete plans such as the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
With the development of this corridor, greater economic potential will actually come from rural areas, which prior to SCORE have been some of the most backward in terms of infrastructure development.
When the industries in SCORE are fully operational, these areas are expected to eventually outpace developmental growth in other areas — what the State Government calls a “catch up” plan.
What are these areas? Well the five New Growth Nodes are Tanjung Manis, Mukah, Samalaju, Baram and Tunoh.
The synergy between these New Growth Nodes would also drive development and growth for Secondary Growth Centres, such as Semop, Balingian, Selangau, Samarakan, Bakun and Ng. Merit.
Without SCORE, these areas would not receive billions of ringgit in foreign investment.
They would remain sleepy market towns and villages with no economic potential where more and more locals move away to urban centres to try to eke out a living.
Is there a development gap between urban and rural areas in the State? Of course there is, just like in every nation.
Are we doing something real and concrete to close this gap? Yes indeed.
Real transformation for a secure future for all Sarawakians and not just passing change.
The Bernama report
Shafie Hails Excellent NKRA Implementation In Sarawak
KUCHING, March 31 (Bernama) — Most of the Rural and Regional Development Ministry’s projects under the National Key Result Area (NKRA) in Sarawak have been implemented either according to or exceeding the target, minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said.
“On road projects, over 222.95km of roads have been completed at a cost of about RM455.57 million,” he told reporters after a meet-the-people programme in Kampung Git, about 60km from here, Saturday.
He said a total of 18,052 houses have also been connected with water supply compared to the initial target of 13,024, with a cost of RM626.39 million.