The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development has been allocated RM190 million to implement development projects.

RM45.2 million had been approved by the state government to 23 local authorities to implement 139 projects.

The allocations were for minor infrastructure projects such as upgrading and improvement work on roads, drains, public toilets, markets, food stalls, car parks, community halls, footpaths and bus sheds.

The ministry also received RM9.4 million this year from the Ministry of Home Affairs for local authorities to implement projects under the Safe City Programme.

Also implemented were a series of quality improvement efforts for local councils that included implementation of a common Information and Communication Technology (ICT) system, revamp of counter services, and changes on relevant legislation to enhance enforcement capacity by local authorities.

There were also 31 health related projects approved under the 10th Malaysian Plan with a total allocation of RM1.096 billion. RM372 million has been approved for the 2nd Rolling Plan with the three main projects in Sri Aman, Lawas and Petra Jaya, while in the rural areas, two projects — Klinik Kesihatan Long Jekitan, Baram and Klinik Kesihatan Nanga Tada, Kanowit — had been approved.

The projects listed above were part of the many development projects in Sarawak which were announced by the minister in charge Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh during the legislative sitting.