PENAMPANG: The Rural and Regional Development Ministry today approved an allocation of over RM50 million for the development of rural areas of Penampang.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, said an allocation of RM48 million would also be provided specifically to develop rural water supply through the construction of water treatment plant in Moyog for the convenience of the people in the district.
“I believe with the construction of the water plant, clean water supply would not only be enjoyed by the rural people in Penampang, but also in Kota Kinabalu and its surrounding areas,” he said at the Leader-Meets-People programme in Kampung Sugud here today.
Also present were Penampang UMNO chief Datuk John Ambrose and Penampang Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Donald Peter Mojuntin.
Ismail Sabri said the ministry had also approved the construction of 30 houses under the Hardcore Poor Housing Programme in Penampang.
Also approved were the construction of a community hall in Kampung Sugud at a cost of RM400,000, besides new village roads with to replace the old and damaged ones, with an allocation of RM300,000, he said.
Ismail Sabri, who is also UMNO Supreme Council member, also stressed that the federal government had never sidelined the development of rural areas in Sabah, and that the state had always received a huge allocation to develop its rural areas.
“Hence, I hope the people will change their mind to ensure that Penampang would be returned to BN at the 14th general election,” he said.
At the event, the minister also presented school bags to schoolchildren attending primary schools and kindergartens in the village. – BERNAMA