KUALA LUMPUR: The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government has allocated RM41 billion for the infrastructure development of Sarawak and Sabah, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says.
This year alone, the PH has allocated RM4.3 billion for the Sarawak and RM5 billion for Sabah, he added.
“There are more than 550 development projects throughout Sarawak with the total cost of RM41 billion.
“For 2019, RM4.3 billion is allocated for Sarawak, which is the second largest allocation between the states in Malaysia, after Sabah.
“Sabah is allocated RM5 billion for development projects in 2019.
“The total cost allocated is RM42 billion. The allocations for the two states do not take into account other projects like the Pan Borneo [Highway], which is funded through loans at the Federal level.
“As promised, the PH government is allocating more for the development of Sarawak in Budget 2019, as compared to Budget 2018 under Barisan Nasional.
“These allocations do not take into consideration projects such as the Pan Borneo Highway, which is funded through loans at the federal government level,” Lim said in a statement released yesterday.
Lim said this in response to what he described as ‘baseless and untrue’ claims that the PH is neglecting Sarawak in terms of infrastructure development.