Kapit development: RM400 million spent over last three years - Abang Johari

01/02/2023 05:30 PM

KAPIT, Feb 1 (Bernama) -- The Sarawak government has spent RM400 million over the past three years for the implementation of development projects in Kapit Division, one of the divisions located in the interior of the state.

Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said the development projects have been implemented under the Upper Rajang Development Agency (URDA), in addition to the People's Project and other small state government projects.

According to him, Kapit in general is now developing rapidly, and the projects implemented are going well, but there are some projects that are delayed due to logistics.

“We will look for other options to solve this issue and it will take time. I think in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) we will carry out a half-term study for the implementation of the projects involved,” he said.

He said this to reporters after chairing the state development coordination committee meeting, at the State Government Complex here, today.

Abang Johari said there are contractors facing the problem of bringing construction materials to the project site, and as an alternative to the road, the construction materials can be brought by using the river route.

“We can use a barge which can carry more building materials at a cheaper cost than by road,” he said.

He said that the state government does have a master plan for the expansion of Kapit city, which involves the development of a new urban area which will be connected to the main road to Sibu.

“This new urban development project covers the development of the commercial centre, housing and basic roads," he added.

After the meeting, Abang Johari also presented a cheque for funding of missionary schools in Kapit Division for the year 2022, from Sarawak's Unit for Other Religions (UNIFOR), amounting to RM944,800, and presented a certificate of appointment of new community leaders in Kapit Division.