The establishment of the Institute for Rural Advancement (INFRA) in 1996 should be seen as the pinnacle and extension of the late Tun Haji Abdul Razak bin Hussein’s grand vision and goals pursued since the early 1960s to help the rural communities through strategies such as the development of rural areas and empowering the rural population. The establishment of INFRA is said to be the highlight considering, after consistent efforts to develop the rural areas and communities over an extended period of time, they are now provided with a training facility as well as a research institution. INFRA also represents progress, as its establishment marked a new beginning in the development of a more meaningful management system for the rural communities.
On 13 October 1995, after tabling the proposal for the creation of a Rural Development Training Institution at the Special Committee Meeting to Study the Highest Position (JKTT), chaired by the Chief Secretary to the Government, a decision was reached to set up INFRA by restructuring the SEDAR Institute. The Cabinet approval of JKTT on 6 March 1996 marked the official establishment of the rural community institute, better known as INFRA