The implementation of development projects under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) in Sabah is progressing smoothly with 81 per cent or RM646.874 million of the first year development allocation has been spent last year.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman said the federal government had also increased the development allocation by 12.6 per cent to RM4.277 billion this year, the second year of the 11MP.
“As of Sept 25 this year, the number of projects approved is 647 namely 304 extension projects and 343 new projects. Among the projects are the Sabah Pan Borneo Highway, rural water and electricity supplies, rural roads and people’s housing programme.
“In addition, the building and upgrading of roads included three multi-level interchanges in Kota Kinabalu and enhancing the infrastructure of the education and security sectors,” he said at the investiture in conjunction with the 64th birthday of Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin at Istana Negeri here today.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s department Datuk Seri Rahman Dahlan led the list of recipients of state awards and medals at today’s investiture.
On the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC), Musa said a total of RM2.5 billion was allocated by the federal government under the 9MP until 11MP, as of June 30.
Of the total, he said RM2 billion or 93.6 per cent was channeled by the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA).
“Since the launch of SDC in 2008 until the second quarter of this year, a total of RM163 billion in cumulative investments has been recorded,” he said.
On the sectors under the ‘Halatuju Negeri’, Musa said they continued to record impressive growth with positive economic outlook driven by key sectors, including the tourism sector, which continued to strengthen by registering a total of 2.109 million tourists during the first seven months of this year.
He said the number of tourist arrivals showed a double-digit increase of 10 per cent compared to the same period last year, and Sabah remained the most popular tourist destination among foreign and domestic tourists.
“The new iconic projects to be implemented such as the Sabah International Convention Centre, Tanjung Aru Eco Development, Jesselton Quay and Kota Kinabalu Convention City will certainly attract more tourists and investors to Sabah,” he said, adding that the state government was actively exploring high potential tourism destinations in every district.
In an effort to improve the well-being of the people in rural areas, Musa said the state government would continue to implement programmes such as the Hardcore Poor Development Programme, Local Economic Improvement Programme, as well as improving the ‘Mini Estet Sejahtera’ programme.
Meanwhile, Tun Juhar in his message reminded the people of Sabah to always preserve the unity of the various races, maintain the prosperity as well as the development they were enjoying today.