MP: Government should not risk neglecting rural people

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 09 Sep 2004

A BACKBENCHER has warned the Government that it will lose the support of those in the rural areas if their development needs are not met. 

Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (BN – Kinabatangan) said the Barisan Nasional government should not allow this to happen since its strength lies in the rural areas. 

“Do not let Hang Jebat betray again. Do not cause rural people to stand up against the Government,” he said, when debating the Supplementary Supply (2004) Bill at the policy stage. 

He cited the example of when the Government launched the “one village, one industry” programme but changed it to “one district, one industry” when it was unsuccessful. 

“Although there were those who benefited from the programmes, the reality is that many small and medium industries in rural areas did not get any financial assistance. 

“This is the problem with the ministries. Everything looks nice during planning but not at the implementation stage,” Bung Moktar added. 

He said banks should be set up in rural areas to provide credit facilities.  

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