Thursday, May 22, 2008

RM8.37b allocation for Perak - NST

May 22, 2008

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department S.K. Devamany

THE government will spend nearly RM8.37 billion on economic and social projects in Perak under the Ninth Malaysian Plan.

This will include areas like tourism, commerce and industrial projects, transportation, communications, public amenities, health, housing and education.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department S.K. Devamany said projects with a direct impact on the people and economy would not be postponed or scrapped although Perak and several other states were under opposition control.

He said the implementation of these projects, however, depended on co-operation extended by the state governments in terms of issuing of land titles or approving the drafts of the development plans.

Devamany, in his reply to M. Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat), said 30 per cent or RM2.5 billion had been set aside for economic projects while RM3.3 billion would be used for social development which included health and education projects.

"We have a long list of things that we have planned for all states, including Perak, under the Ninth Malaysia Plan using a RM200 billion allocation," he said.

He added that if projects were postponed or reviewed in certain states, it would have been due to a restructuring to identify projects that should be given high priority.

Devamany said the federal government would concentrate on people-centred projects in Perak such as roads, water and electricity supply, flood mitigation projects and human capital development.

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