Development Ministry Aims to Accelerate Rural Projects This Year, Minister Says | Malaysia

Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid speaks to cleaning staff after delivering his New Year term at the ministry in Putrajaya, January 14, 2022. – Bernama pic

PUTRAJAYA, Jan. 14 – The Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) aims to fast-track every development project in rural areas this year, its minister, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, has said.

He said all KPLB members should move as a team to achieve a paradigm shift and avoid staying in one place.

He added that this was necessary to avoid taking too much time in the implementation of projects, which then affects the populations.

“To achieve this, we need a task force that can deliver the goods,” he said today in a joint statement with the KPLB Mandate Board 2022.

He said that the KPLB should further improve its achievements by adopting a new slogan, namely “Luar Bandar, Luar Biasa(Rural area, extraordinary).

“This extraordinary achievement can be attained by KPLB based on its success in implementing development spending by more than 99% last year,” he said.

Elaborating, Mahdzir said that KPLB also has a mandate in education, namely early childhood education and technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

He added that it was time for all relevant ministries to sit together in a working group and think about an early childhood education 2.0 plan that better responds to current needs and developments.

“KPLB TVET institutions should avoid too much overlapping of courses and those that do not correspond to labor market requirements.

“We don’t want students taking courses and getting certificates but not being able to find jobs. We can’t just fill educational institutions without meeting the needs of industry,” he said.

He added that internet access in day care centers (taska) of the Department of Community Development (Kemas) should be improved to benefit the surrounding areas.

“We need to think outside the box to figure out how we want to do this, how we want to collaborate so that we can increase connectivity in Kemas centers across the country,” he said. — Bernama

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