A TOTAL of 1,231 projects worth RM15.6bil are being proposed in the initial roll out for Pahang under the first phase of the 10th Malaysia Plan, Sultan Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah said.
In opening the 12th state assembly sitting here, Sultan Ahmad Shah said he was confident that the peace and harmony in Pahang would give the state leverage in receiving more considerations from the Federal Government.
“I would like to record my appreciation to the Federal Government for allocating RM150mil to improve basic infrastructure in the state.
“Under the 10th Malaysia Plan, another RM350mil is being considered,” he said in his speech read out by Tengku Mahkota Tengku Abdullah.
Sultan Ahmad Shah said that in line with the national key result areas and new economic model, Pahang should give priority to projects that were people-friendly, able to spur growth and had value for money.
“I was informed that the upgrading of the central spine road is in progress, linking Kampung Relong in Lipis to Simpang Pelangai, Bentong as a way to increase accessibility into Pahang.
“Other road projects such as Sungei Lembing to Jerantut, and the Benta-Jerantut-Maran, Tun Razak-Kuantan-Segamat, Bahau-Keratong, Cherok Paloh and Tanjung Gosong stretches can hopefully also be carried out under the 10th Malaysia Plan,” he said.
Sultan Ahmad Shah said the state government had also submitted plans to the Federal Government for a new airport, in addition to the expansion of Kuantan port and the development of a port township.
“The construction of Panching water treatment plant, Ganchong in Pekan and upgrading of Pelangai and Mempaga plants will bring much benefits to the people.
“Besides, the co-operation with telecommunication firms saw an improvement in ICT in Pahang, with Internet penetration rate increasing from 12% in August last year to 18% in March and a further 30% by year end,” he said.
He noted that efforts were also being made to enhance cluster industrial activities, namely the Tanjung Agas Maritime, Oil and Gas industry in Pekan and intergrated oil palm industry in Gebeng.
He highlighted that an estimated 30,000 jobs could be created in Tanjung Agas over a period of 10 years.
As for the tourism sector, the Sultan said Pahang hoped to attract 10 million visitors this year via activities such as Royal Pahang Billfish, Taman Negara eco-challenge, Cameron Highlands floral festival and Monsoon Madness international windsurfing challenge.
“The crime index recorded a drop of 594 cases or 7.61% last year and there is much improvement in healthcare with the upgrading of hospitals in Bera, Rompin, Bentong and Lipis in tandem with the one district, one hospital concept.”
On housing, he said 17 low-cost projects providing 2,668 units has been completed to-date while another nine projects were expected to be completed soon.
He pointed out that Pahang also did well in maintaining a balanced development with the gazetting of Tasik Chini as a biosphere reserve, besides marine parks and forest reserves namely Taman Negara, Endau Rompin and Kenong, in addition to the implementation of the pioneer voluntary carbon offset scheme in Pekan.
He said poverty eradication programmes such as agropolitian projects in Gahai, Lipis, Tanjung Batu, Pekan and Chemomoi, Bentong and the heritage estate and people’s farm in Maran, Jerantut, Lipis, Bera, Rompin and Kuantan could help in eradicating hardcore poverty.
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