RM316.9m allocation for construction of rural roads in Sabah


PENAMPANG (April 8): The rural development ministry is committed to further strengthening Sabah’s rural transport network via the implementation of 81 rural road construction projects involving an allocation of RM316.9 million this year.

Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun said three of the projects have been completed, 30 projects were under construction, while the rest were in various stages of implementation.

She said the three rural roads completed were Jalan Ansip-Dalit-Kahaba in Keningau stretching 43km and a bridge benefiting 5,000 residents from 11 villages; Jalan Nibang in Pitas stretching 18.5km and two bridges (catering to 3,000 residents from 12 villages); Jalan Rosok Ginapas, Kota Belud stretching 3km (benefiting 1,000 residents).

“The roads in Keningau, Pitas and Kota Belud make it easier for rural residents to commute to conduct their daily activities, which was previously inaccessible with unpaved roads,” she said.

She was speaking to reporters after the handing over ceremony of the finished slope repair work project and related works at the Kampung Limbanak Kemas Kindergarten here, yesterday.

Meanwhile, Rina said as many as 44 social amenity programmes would also be implemented including upgrading and repairing of mosques and suraus, multipurpose halls, bridges and drainage systems in the rural areas of Sabah involving an allocation of RM6.47 million.

All rural infrastructure development projects in Sabah will be implemented and completed this year to benefit the residents in the area thus ensuring their comfort and well-being, she said.

On the slope repair work project, she said it was completed in November to prevent the occurrence of landslides.

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