KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 4): The 2023 Budget, scheduled for tabling this Friday, should outline efforts to balance the gap in the development of infrastructure and basic facilities between the urban and rural areas.
Dean of the Faculty of Human Ecology at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Prof Dr Mohd Fazli Sabri said it was important to ensure the socio-cultural development of the people in the rural areas is in tandem with the people in the urban areas as it would also have an impact on the country’s economic well-being.
“We cannot run away that there are still rural areas that are lagging in basic facilities such as roads, housing, electricity and water supply, as well as Internet access.
“We can see this, especially in the interior of Sabah and Sarawak where residents still face communication problems, no street lights, dilapidated and damaged bridges, and no, or weak, Internet coverage,” he said.
Therefore, he said, the 2023 Budget…