GUA MUSANG, Aug 30(Bernama) -- The government has spent RM12 million to implement several projects for the benefit of the people living in the Manik Urai constituency as promised in the July 14 by-election.
Kelantan Umno chief Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said the implementation of projects proved that the Barisan Nasional government was serious in providing what was promised.
He said from the allocation, RM3.5 million was to repair schools, RM2 million to repair and build new houses for the poor and another RM4 million on building roads in the constituency.
Mustapa said, the balance of RM7.9 million was channeled to government agencies, including the Public Works Department and the Kelantan Federal Development Department.
"We are planning to implement many more facilities in Manik Urai with new applications being forwarded to Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak," � he told reporters after having a meeting with Kelantan Selatan Development Authority staff here, Sunday.
He added that the federal government planned to develop Gua Musang as the second biggest town in Kelantan after Kota Bharu, and develop inter connecting roads involving the states of Pahang, Perak and Terengganu as outlined in the East Coast Economic Region (ECER).
Mustapha, who is also the Minister of International Trade and Industry, said the government was focusing on the development of Gua Musang, as it was a strategic area to bring more investors and people from the northern Kelantan.
"The government does not want the people in northern Kelantan to be in poverty, therefore it is better for them to move to Gua Musang," he said. --BERNAMA