KUCHING: Sarawak needs more Federal funds under the 11th Malaysia Plan beginning in 2016 to carry out the socio-economic transformation necessary to achieve high income status by 2020.
Datu Ismawi Ismuni, State Planning Unit Director in the Chief Minister’s Department, stressed this point while warning that the state only received RM15 billion during the 10th Malaysia Plan compared with RM17 billion during the previous plan.
“RM15 billion isn’t sufficient to carry out the necessary development works in the state,” he said in a media update on Tuesday. “The allocation doesn’t tally with Sarawak’s 10 per cent contribution to national economic growth last year.”
He said the Sarawak Government had worked out six thrusts for the 11th Plan.
These are rethinking economic growth; strengthening economic growth catalysts; expediting economic growth in rural areas; managing resources for environmentally sustainable growth; human capital development as the key catalyst in development; and increasing the quality of life.
Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development, Fatimah Abdullah disclosed in late Sept that in a reversal of roles, Sarawak has the largest number of poor people in Malaysia, followed by Sabah. This was based on the number of people, 102,549, registered for the e-Kasih programme to combat hardcore poverty.
~ Free Malaysia Today