Shafie confident Sabah, Sarawak will achieve infrastructure target by 2015
KOTA KINABALU, Aug 26 — Rural and Regional Development Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is confident that by 2015, Sabah and Sarawak would have achieved their 95 per cent infrastructure target, in particular roads, through the National Key Result Area (NKRA), under the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) 2.0.
“If we compare our objective under the NKRA and what we’ve achieved so far, there’re more than 1,700 kilometres of roads nationwide. Our initial target (GTP 1) was only 1,500 km,” he told reporters at the Aidilfitri open house hosted by Papar Umno Youth chief, Armizan Md Ali, at his home in Luyang, near here last night.
Shafie (picture) was commenting on Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Idris Jala’s recent statement that a 95 per cent rural infrastructure target for Sabah had been set under the NKRA, covering roads, water and electricity supply.
He also expressed confidence that the ministry would receive sufficient allocations to successfully complete the GTP 2.0 mission, related to rural development in particular.
“I’ve raised the matter that rural areas in the country, especially in Sabah and Sarawak, still need financial assistance to ensure the villages are accessible by road,” he said.
So far, almost 96 per cent of Peninsula Malaysia is accessible by road, whereas the percentage in Sabah and Sarawak has exceeded 70 per cent, with 60 per cent benefiting from water and electricity, he concluded. — Bernama