NTP continues to drive the country’s growth, benefitting lives of rural communities

13-Apr-2018 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Malaysia’s National Transformation Programme (NTP) continues to drive the country’s growth, benefitting more than 6.8 million people since 2010, said non-governmental organisations.

Federation of Malay Students Union president Zambri Mohd Isa said through the “Improving Rural Development” sector, the Barisan Nasional government had shown tremendous initiative in empowering the people of rural areas.

“The sector has improved the lives of rural communities through the provisions of new roads and housing, and this is proof of BN’s commitment in looking after the welfare of the people.

“Infrastructure that has been provided for people in rural areas has not only increased their income but improved education opportunities and reduced the gap between rural and urban areas,” he told NSTP when contacted today.

He said that upon visiting rural areas in several states like Raub, Pahang, it was obvious to all that the impact of NTP since its inception had lifted the burden of the rising cost of living.

The 2017 NTP Annual Report stated BN had upgraded and built 6,868km of roads, roughly the distance between Putrajaya and Mumbai, benefitting 3.7 million villagers.

Meanwhile Koperasi Sepakat Muda Negeri Selangor Bhd chair Fakhruddin Afiq Mohd Shah said the initiative clearly showed that rural areas were not neglected from being developed. He said that over seven years of implementation, NTP had made many positive changes through upgrading infrastructure for the convenience of the rural community.

“The rural population is indeed thirsty for infrastructure development just like in the city, hence with this NTP, indirectly the gap can be eliminated.

“Development is comprehensive and all societies regardless of race and religion enjoy it together,” he said.

About 354,400 households were connected with water supply benefitting 1.8 million individuals with the total coverage reaching more than 90 per cent of Malaysians and 161,931 households provided with electricity benefiting 809,655 individuals with the total coverage at 98.9 per cent.

By 2017, 103,033 houses were built or restored, providing homes or improved living conditions of 515,170 people.

A total of 88 villages had participated in the Desa Lestari Programme since 2013 which raised the income of 95,832 individual beneficiaries. This led to 15 new villages participating in the Desa Lestari Project last year.

Fakhruddin Afiq said major changes could also be seen in states such as Sabah and Sarawak through road system repairs where the journeys were made shorter.

“From my own personal experience six years ago, Satok Market in Kuching was disorganised but after NTP was implemented, there were positive changes,” he said.



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