YAB Tun Haji Abdul Razak bin Hussein

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.

The establishment of INFRA was finalised under Dato’ Annuar Musa’s tenure as the Minister of Rural Development. However, the idea was first mooted by Dato’ Seri Shariff Ahmad when he was the Minister of Agriculture in the late 1970s, through the founding of the The Rural Studies Training Institute. In 1980, Dato’ Seri Sanusi Junid who was the then Rural Development Minister renamed it the SEDAR Institute, i.e. short for Institute for Sosio-Economic Development and Attitudinal Re-orientation. Based on the approval given by the Cabinet in 1996, Dato’ Annuar Musa envisioned and proposed the establishment of INFRA (Institute for Rural Advancement) – a national, world class rural training and research institution.

Lokasi Cawangan INFRA Sabah dan Sarawak

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

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