Saturday, 22nd March, 2003



  KL gives Labuan RM639m for development  
  LABUAN:  The Federal Government has set aside RM639 million to implement various development projects here under the Eight Malaysia Plan, Labuan Member of PArliament Datuk Suhaili Abdul Rahman said Friday.

He said the bulk of the allocation or more than RM200 million would be used to provide basic infrastructures, especially roads.

So far, 60 percent of the roads planned on this duty free island have been impelmented, he said.

"Labuan has seen rapid growth and development in the past three years. This can be seen from construction of main roads by the Public Works Department as the implementing agency," he said.

Suhaili said the Government's allocation was also used to develop the tourism sector here, including landscaping projects, construction of the International Sea Sports Complex and the ferry terminal.

"If everything goes on smoothly, construction of the ferry terminal, which cost more than RM30 million, can start in September, at the earliest," he said.

Suhaili said this show the seriousness of the Government to care for the people's welfare, especially the islanders here.

"On completion of the Eigth Plan, I am confident Labuan will be in the forefront in terms of infrastructure development compared in 1984.

"And my vision is to try to bring as much development to Labuan for the people's well being," he said.

Hence, he had asked for RM200 million in additional allocation from the Federal Government to develop tourism products such as a golf course and a resort park - Bernama