FOR A BETTER LIFE:Developing the rural sector will always be high on the government’s agenda
THE usually quiet and sleepy Kampung Sungai Siputeh in Selama, about 145km from here, turned into a hive of activity with thousands of people thronging the village for the launching of the mini rural transformation centre (mini RTC) by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin recently.
The small access road leading to the mini RTC was packed with vehicles as motorists jostled for parking spaces, with some of them having to park their vehicles several kilometres away and walked to the launch site.
Muhyiddin in his opening speech said the rural sector would remain high on the government's agenda while new plans would be implemented for the people to enjoy a better life.
He said development of the rural sector had undergone an evolution over the past 55 years and it was being continuously developed through various government efforts.
Muhyiddin said there were 237 mini rural transformation centres throughout the country which were developed by the Rural and Regional Development Ministry and these had greatly benefited the rural population.
He said some of the centres would be upgraded to provide better service to the rural community.
"We believe through these rural transformation centres, rural communities will be able to increase their income and the employment opportunities created by such centres will help them improve their standard of living further."
Also present were Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
It was also a memorable day for Shokri Awang Chik, 63, when the deputy prime minister visited his new house located next to the mini RTC.
The house was built under the Rural and Regional Development Ministry's housing assistance programme.
At the launch of the Kampung Sungai Siputeh mini RTC, Muhyiddin also performed the groundbreaking for the construction of the 44-metre Sungai Siputeh-Telok Mas bridge across Selama River.
He said once completed, the RM3 million bridge would enable people to visit the Grik town which is just 23km away.
The deputy prime minister together with over 6,000 people also enjoyed a feast as well as seasonal fruits such as durian, rambutan and mangosteen at the event.