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Published: Monday January 16, 2012 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday May 24, 2013 MYT 4:42:02 PM

Mohd Shafie:RBI results are more than numbers

PUTRAJAYA: The Government, through the Government Trans­formation Programme’s (GTP) Rural Basic Infrastructure NKRA, has brought tremendous improvement to the lives of the rural people.

Leading the NKRA is the Rural and Regional Development Mini­stry and its minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

Mohd Shafie said the ministry’s report of its progress in providing water, electricity, houses and roads were more than just numbers.

He said instead of viewing them as houses or units, they have become homes to families.

Homes, he added, which were unavailable to them previously.

These families, Mohd Shafie said, are now able to enjoy clean water instead of having to collect it from an external source.

They are also able to light their homes by merely turning on a switch and watch television or use the computer with the supply of electricity.

With the construction of new roads, parents are now able to send their children to school safely, Mohd Shafie said.

The new roads also provide access to healthcare while opportunities for jobs and local trade have opened up.

Mohd Shafie said the Govern­ment’s efforts in looking after the standards of living of the people regardless of status is the concept of inclusiveness, which is the core of 1Malaysia.

This he said was the driving force of the Government’s rural development strategy.

He said the GTP and the recently announced Budget 2012 had placed a strong emphasis on rural development to ensure the efficient and fast delivery of the rural basic infrastructure.

Shafie said those charged with the responsibility for rural deve­lopment must engage with the communities to ensure im­­proved collaboration between all parties.

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