Development programmes carried out in Sabah has created a positive impact on the people, according to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Muhyiddin, who is on a two-day working visit to Sabah, said this at a meeting with Bumiputera Entrepreneurs in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.
In terms of income, Sabah’s annual household income in 2012 is RM4, 013 per month. This is an increase of 29.4 percent from 2009 at RM3, 102 per month, Muhyiddin said.
The average monthly income in urban areas saw an increase of 27.7 percent from RM3, 803 in 2009 to RM4, 668 in 2012. In rural areas, the average monthly income increased from RM2, 177 in 2009 to RM2, 913 in 2012, which is an increase of 33.8 percent.
According to Muhyiddin, the Federal Government has allocated RM12.2 billion to Sabah under the 10th Malaysia Plan for the purpose of carrying out various development programs in infrastructure, education and housing.
Muhyddin stressed that much has been done since the unveiling of the 10th Malaysia Plan in 2010.
“41, 443 houses in rural communities have been equipped with electricity since 2010,” he said.
97, 568 houses in rural communities have also been equipped with clean water facilities since 2010.
Under the 1Azam programme designed to increase household income, RM293.5 million was allocated to Sabah, making the State the largest recipient in the country, Muhyiddin explained.
“Until June 2013, approximately 27, 540 Sabahans falling within the low-income bracket have received assistance through the 1 Azam programme,” he said.