MIRI: Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni hopes the Sarawak government will not close Rural Transformation Centres (RTCs) as they provide essential services to the rural population.
He was reacting to a press report that the Rural Development Ministry had made a decision to maintain only five RTCs, hand over three of them to building owners and give back another three to two state governments.
Its minister Rina Mohd Harun said RTCs that will be maintained under the ministry are in Melaka, Pahang, Johor, Kedah and Terengganu due to their location in the rural areas.
Meanwhile, three RTCs that will be handed over to the state governments are RTC Negeri Sembilan, RTC Sibuti and RTC Betong while the three that will be handed over to the building owners are in Perak, Kelantan and Penang.
The building owners are Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (Fama) and Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara).
Lukanisman said based on his understanding through the report, RTC Sibuti will be closed and it is up to the state government to continue the services within the RTC building.
Personally I feel RTC Sibuti has the potential to be developed. I hope it will be upgraded to allow many federal agencies to be placed under the RTC and to become a centre of entrepreneurship development, he said yesterday.
He added that RTC services were very much needed by the rural people.
Source: SARAWAK GOVERNMENT