Sarawak to put LRT project on hold, instead intensify rural development, says CM

Ekhwan Haque Fazlul Haque

PETRA JAYA: Sarawak government will not cancel the proposed Light Rail Transit (LRT) project but will instead put it on hold to focus on rural development.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state government aimed to intensify rural development and complete infrastructure projects which had yet to be implemented.

Under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP), he said, a RM5 million grant was allocated to each state assemblyman and Member of Parliament (MP) from Parti Gabungan Sarawak (GPS), for any rural transformation project or initiative.

“We are committed to improve basic amenities in the remote villages, namely, water and electricity supply and road access. These are ongoing efforts to benefit the rural community,” he said.

Speaking to the reporters after chairing the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Supreme Council meeting at the party’s headquarters here, Abang Johari denied cancelling the LRT project.

“It’s not cancelled but postponed as the allocation would be channeled to rural development.

“Once we are done with that (rural development), we will continue to carry out the LRT as what we planned earlier,” he said.

The proposed LRT project would be connecting Kuching, Samarahan and Serian to ease traffic congestion during peak hours.

Abang Johari, who is also PBB president, reminded all the GPS elected representatives to ensure the projects which had been approved were carried out as scheduled.

“We need to put more focus on infrastructure development to improve the livelihood of the people. Any project that’s people-oriented will surely benefit the community.

“Thus it’s important for us to monitor the progress on the ground,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd