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NKRA : Improving Rural Development


KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 2011 (Bernama) -- The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) hopes to announce a plan to improve rural basic infrastructure (RBI) in a more holistic manner in the next two to three months.

Eugene Teh Yee, Director of RBI National Key Result Areas (NKRA), said this at a media briefing on the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) NKRA Update for January-June 2011 here Thursday.

He said the right way to develop certain areas was by connecting it via road to the rest of the nation. Then came water and electricity, and after that healthcare, education and economic development, he said.

He said the current RBI projects, which comprise four programmes -- roads, water, electricity and housing -- ran independently of each other.

"Now, most projects are on target based on the GTP roadmap, of which between 10 and 15 per cent have been delivered, but if something happens in the last quarter we will miss out," he said.

Under the RBI NKRA for 2011, the government aims to build 905.12km of roads, build or restore 2,567 houses, supply clean water to 48,087 houses and provide electricity to 26,882 homes.

Teh said 474.4km of rural roads nationwide had been completed and 2,567 houses had been built or refurbished as of June, while 12,004 houses had been supplied with clean water and 2,906 houses connected with electricity.

"These physical developments serve as a catalyst for further progress socially and economically.

"Ultimately, this initiative is about improving lives for our fellow Malaysians residing in rural areas. Access to infrastructure is a fundamental right," he said.


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