Rural Development Ministry identifies potential ‘prosperous villages’, minister says

Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid poses with children at Bukit Tembaga Prosperous Community Program in Kuala Nerang on August 7, 2022. – Bernama pic

Sunday, August 07, 2022 6:50 PM MYT

KUALA NERANG, Aug 7 – The Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) identifies villages across the country that meet the ministry’s criteria to be called Prosperous Villages.

His minister, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, said the criteria included good infrastructure, high-impact economic activities, viable human capital and a good level of health.

“As Prosperous Villages are being ‘rolled out’ now, (we) want to see how many such villages there are. We are also holding a competition (Prosperous Village Aspiration Competition).

“At the same time, we are looking for data from district offices across the country on how many villages can actually be considered thriving villages,” he said during his meeting at the thriving community program of Bukit Tembaga, here today.

He said KPLB has not set a target for the number of villages that will be hailed as prosperous villages this year, but he strongly recommended that all village committees take part in the competition.

“If a village succeeds in meeting the criteria to be declared a prosperous village, the ministry will channel a development allowance to the village based on its needs.

“The highest amount we can allocate is RM1 million for village development. There are also stipends of RM100,000 or RM200,000, depending on need. For example, if the roads are good, there is electricity and running water, (but) maybe the surau needs attention, so we give an allowance for the surau.

“But the village chief has to be creative and we will help him. But if there has been no gotong-royong (communal cooperation activity) for four years, how are we going to give (the allowance)? he said.

Mahdzir reportedly said last month that based on data from PLANMalaysia and KPLB sources, Malaysia currently has 28,303 villages including 19,447 in Peninsular Malaysia, 5,976 in Sarawak, 2,853 in Sabah and 27 in Labuan.

KPLB introduced the prosperous village aspiration effort to stimulate the development of rural areas towards improving the standard of living of village communities, especially economically, in addition to ensuring that all villages realize the aspirations formulated in the Rural Development Policy (DPLB), based on three main principles of inclusiveness, sustainability and a holistic rural vision by 2030. — Bernama

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