“The amount is large as it involves roads, water supply and electricity in those parts,” he told a press conference in Parliament on Friday (Oct 29).
Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz, in his Budget 2022 presentation earlier, said the allocations were meant for water, electricity and road infrastructure as well as health and education facilities.
On the issue of internet connectivity in rural areas, Mahdzir said the issue was one of his top priorities from the first day he clocked in as minister for this portfolio.
“However, we are not the main ministry responsible for this.
“It is under the Communications and Multimedia Ministry.
“So what we can do is collaborate with the Ministry and identify which areas in the rural outskirts have low internet connectivity,” he said.
“They will provide the system and we will provide them with the identified areas,” he added.