KUCHING: An allocation of RM657.13 mln has been approved to implement 88 Projek Rakyat, said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian yesterday.

Speaking during the winding-up session, he revealed that the projects would be implemented by the Irrigation and Drainage Department (DID), Housing Development Corporation (HDC), Public Works Department (JKR) and local authorities.

“Currently, out of the 88 projects, 12 have been completed. In addition, under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP), 564 projects amounting to RM83.15 mln have been approved for this year.

“The Sarawak government under RMK-11 has approved an allocation of RM81.58 mln in 2019 for the 24 local authorities, including Kuching South City Council (MBKS), to implement 303 infrastructure projects.

“These projects comprise street lightings, traffic lights, footpaths, public toilets, libraries, jetties and recreational parks,” he explained.

Sim revealed that to-date, 17 projects had been completed, 97 projects were at various stages of implementation and the remaining 189 projects were at pre-contract stage.

“Under the Cabinet Committee for Rural Transformation, my ministry has received RM13.1 mln this year for 11 flood mitigation projects.

“So far, one project has been completed, seven are scheduled to be completed this year and the remaining three are expected to be completed by 2020,” he said.

He stated that under the Malaysian Road Record Information System (MARRIS) for maintenance of roads and road furniture, road verges, side drains etc, a total of RM322.6 mln had been approved for the 24 local authorities under his administration.

“As at March 31, 2019, RM141.3 mln has been disbursed by the State Financial Secretary out of which RM24.8 mln has been spent.”

Dr Sim also divulged that the Federal Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) had also allocated RM30.34 mln for all the 26 local authorities in Sarawak to carry out 106 minor infrastructure projects.

He also added that KPKT had allocated RM3.16 mln to implement 211 house repairing projects throughout the state.

“An additional funding of RM700,000 has been allocated to Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) and Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) to implement the various “Safe City Programmes” at Demak Laut and Bandar Baru Batu Kawah respectively.”

On the topic of SMART Community Development and Engagement Programmes, he stated that his ministry would continue to engage with the local community through the programmes.

“A total allocation of RM2.7 mln has been approved for the implementation of this programme by 23 local authorities. To date, RM830,000 has been disbursed for the implementation of 68 programmes,” he said.

“When promoting 3R Campaign among the school children, my ministry has organised a recycling competition involving 56 schools, comprising 29 secondary and 27 primary schools, from March until August this year.”