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The Government’s economic development framework continues to be based on a foundation of growth with equity.

The Government’s approach to distribution requires a fresh approach to respond to developments and changing circumstances.

The distributional policies of the Government will therefore be focused towards ensuring equality of opportunities for all.

The Government continue to emphasise rural development particularly in the context of improving access to education and utilities, connectivity and upgrading rural economic activities.

Under the NKRA for rural basic infrastructure, the Government will upgrade roads as well as the supply of water and electricity in Sabah and Sarawak. Domestic integration in terms of connectivity is critical to enable rural areas to leverage on cities as gateways for rural produce and economic opportunities hence will help the poverty eradication efforts.

Government has implemented various special programmes to address poverty on a sustainable basis, especially in terms of providing better housing and infrastructure, income generating opportunities, such as through agropolitan projects.

Agropolitan development strategies will utilise an integrated approach to advance rural development in agriculture, agro-based and other rural industries.

The main objective is to upgrade the income level and eradicate poverty among the rural population by providing the able-bodied poor with shares in land development projects.

This will include the establishment of centrally managed plantations, where poor families will be given shares of the estate.

The areas of resettlement will be provided with basic infrastructure such as roads, electricity and water, as well as social amenities such as community halls, mosques, libraries, playgrounds and business centres.

Each settler will be provided with housing and land for commercial farming, including livestock, crops or aquaculture, and participants are expected to earn a minimum monthly income.

A number of support services and enablers will also be provided including capability building programmes, technology transfer for good agriculture practices, transport, marketing support and availability of consumer credit during the early stages of the project.

In the Tenth Malaysia Plan Government focus on poverty eradication shift towards the low-income segment, specifically the bottom 40%, this consists of 2.4 million households.

The strategy for the bottom 40% differs from the issue of poverty, in that it is not a case of dispensing assistance but ensuring that low-income households have the opportunity to enjoy a better standard of living.

One of Malaysia’s longstanding development objectives is the provision of affordable housing for Malaysians in both rural and urban areas, with a focus on lower-income groups.

This effort play a key role in supporting successful efforts of poverty eradication.

Rimbunan Kaseh project is a Public-Private Partnership to transform rural areas to be able to maintain sustainability by providing a comfortable home and infrastructure with the support of integrated modern agricultural activities.

Rimbunan Kaseh is spearheading by IRIS Corporation Bhd. To date the projects successfully implemented in Pahang and Perak.

There are two main components of the project which are IRIS Integrated Farming Methodology and IRIS Koto IBS Technology.

Basically, the company will develop low-cost housing using the “Koto” system, which is a new way to mass manufacture energy efficient housing from the foundation right up to the roofing.

More importantly, it allows speedily execution of works which we have seen from a video clip on how a construction of a single-storey landed property with a built-up of 900 square feet (83.61 square meters) can be completed within 10 days.

Source : Tenth Malaysia Plan; Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT); DUN Sarawak; BERNAMA and Property Guru;


(this article written for 1BINA.my)