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PH govt taking important steps to fulfill promises in Sabah MP

0 month ago, 12-Oct-2019

Vivian Wong

SANDAKAN: The government has been applauded for pumping in RM5.2 billion for Sabah’s development next year, the biggest allocation received by the state so far, Sandakan member of parliament Vivian Wong said.

Reacting to the 2020 Budget tabled at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, Wong said the revision of the Annual Special Grant to Sabah and Sarawak under Section 112D of the Federal Constitution also demonstrated the government’s commitment and sincerity to give priority to the east Malaysian states as per the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

The grant to the Sabah government will be increased from the current RM26.7 million to RM53.4 million in 2020, and will further increase to RM106.8 million in five years time.

She also said that Sandakan folks, especially youth and women, particularly housewives, should benefit from the government’s various incentives to create employment opportunities and reduce reliance on foreign labour.

“As we get more Malaysians to actively participate in our labour market, be it our fresh graduates or housewives that have stopped work for more than a year or more, it will benefit the local economy tremendously,” she said in a statement here yesterday.

Wong said other notable announcements, including RM470 million for rural water supply projects in Sabah and Sarawak, and RM326 million for rural road network, as well as government commitment to continue the Pan Borneo Highway Project throughout Sabah would bring maximum impact to the socio-economic development to the state.

It may not be able to satisfy everyone, but the Pakatan Harapan government is making all the important steps to fulfil our promises made to the people in Sabah and we will continue to do our best,” she added. Bernama

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