Sabah targets rural electricity coverage to reach 99.9 pct by end 2025

KOTA KINABALU, March 24 (Bernama) -- Sabah's Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) is targeting coverage of the Rural Electricity Supply Programme (BELB) in the state to reach 99.9 per cent by the end of 2025, the State Legislative Assembly was told today.

Sabah Assistant Minister of Rural Development Samad Jambri said Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) had made plans for a period of five years starting last year until 2025 to achieve the target.

Samad said the programme would benefit 318 villages and 16,464 houses throughout Sabah, and according to him, the BELB was still being implemented throughout the state utlilising a federal government allocation.

"To ensure the implementation of BELB is on the right track, the state government and federal government have taken the initiative to make a comprehensive BELB plan by giving priority to villages that do not yet have electricity supply.

"Information on villages that do not have electricity supply is obtained through the Village Profile System which is regularly updated by the district office to be submitted to SESB," he said.

He was replying to an oral question from Datuk Abdul Ghani Mohamed Yassin (GRS-Nabawan) who wanted to know what joint efforts had been implemented by his ministry and the federal government so far this year to ensure the BELB was on the right track.

Samad said a total of 66 villages in Nabawan had been identified as having no electricity supply involving 982 houses, and the list of the villages had been submitted to the Federal Rural Development Ministry through the State Economic Planning Unit as a proposal to be implemented in the 12th Malaysia Plan.

As for Keningau, so far 111 villages involving 5,345 houses have been supplied with electricity through the BELB and that there were BELB projects in several villages that are ongoing and are expected to be completed by the middle of this year, he said.

Meanwhile, Sabah Assistant Works Minister Datuk Limus Jury when replying to an oral question from Datuk Ewon Benedick (UPKO-Kadamaian) said the Sabah Public Works Department (JKR) had prepared a Cabinet Paper on the Implementation Policy of Federal Physical Development Projects in Sabah.

Limus said the Cabinet Paper, among others, touched on the implementation of physical development projects in Sabah under Federal allocations and subsequently sought the Cabinet's approval for these projects to be handled by the department.

Ewon had wanted to know what initiatives had been taken by the Sabah government since Oct 2020 in ensuring that the Sabah JKR and the Sabah Irrigation and Drainage Department were the technical agencies implementing Federal government-funded projects in the state.


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