Govt to raise living standard, eradicate poverty in Sabah

Govt to raise living standard, eradicate poverty in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: The Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin said the government will continuously strive to raise the living standard of its people, especially those in rural areas, thereby eradicate poverty in the state.

In this regard, he said various socio-economic development programmes would continue to be implemented through programmes like the Prosperous Mini Estate (MESEJ), Agropolitan and others.

“The government will also continue its Prosperous Village Programme (PKS) to develop villages in need of holistic development, comprising human capital, socio-economic and basic infrastructure.

“This year, the government has also set a target of involving 2,500 household heads in the MESEJ programme, with the addition of a new programme related to rural tourism activity through community-based tourism in selected villages,” he said.

Juhar said this when delivering the state government’s keynote address at the opening of the first meeting of the second session of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly here today.

He said apart from that, the government also planned to build 1,000 Hardcore Poor Housing Project (PPRT) houses and 10 community centres each year until 2023 for the convenience of the rural community in the state.

“At the same time, skills courses and trainings will be provided to rural communities to produce more rural entrepreneurs in the state. The government’s main focus is to improve the quality of education in urban and rural areas,” he added.


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