Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Dato Sri James Jemut Masing said he can’t help but feeling disappointed when there was no mention about a project to connect Kapit with the rest of the state when Abdullah presented his budget for 2009 yesterday.
“There was no menton of building of roads to link Kapit with the rest of the state. All I want is a percentage (of the allocation) to develop various infrastructure projects in Kapit,” the state Land Development Minister to have said by local daily.
In his budget presentation yesterday, Abdullah mentioned several major development projects for Sarawak including the construction of road to Sarawak new federal administrative center, Nanga Buai-Ulu Sepak in Betong, Awat-Awat-Kual Lawas road, Tanjung Assan-Saribas road, Bengoh Dam and integrated waster water management system in Kuching.
Abdullah also mentioned about “Projek Perumahan Rakyat Disewa”, tourism and eco-tourism projects, and rural health facilities.
Masing who is Baleh state assemblyman said he had submitted a proposal to have a road build to Kapit via Bintulu to develop lands in these areas.
He said having access to these lands would help to complement the government efforts to enhance its food production capacity.
“I just hope that Kapit will receive a good percentage from the RM3.3 billion allocation. Kapit is already isolated from the rest of Sarawak, do not leave us isolated any longer,” Masing said.
Meanwhile according to report by Malaysiakini.com – budget 2009 will see government spending skyrocket to RM207.9 billion for 2009 compared to RM176.9 in 2008.
Of this amount, RM154.2 billion is for operating expenditure, while RM53.7 billion is for development expenditure.