18 longhouses benefit from scheme

Sikie delivering his speech during the programme.

BINTULU: Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Sarawak Bumiputera Law and Customs) Datuk John Sikie Tayai asserts that in 2019, 18 longhouses within the Ulu Kakus area had round-the-clock electricity supply under the Sarawak Alternatives Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares).

“This reflects the state government’s long-term commitment in delivering its promises to the people,” he said.

Sikie said this during a meet-the-people session on Saturday (Oct 24) at Rumah Edward Jalin, Nanga Rungan Kakus Tatau.

Meanwhile, under the Sarawak Alternative Water Supply (Sawas), the state government has allocated RM15 million to carry out the project to four longhouses in Kakus , — Rumah Ado, Rumah Jeffery Kitup, Rumah Kiah and Rumah Jayan.

On the road upgrading project from Naga to Rumah Ado, it is still under construction and is expected to be completed by January 2021.

“Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg also approved an allocation of RM7 million to upgrade the roads to Rumah Edward Jalin, Rumah Tadong and Rumah Nanang this year,” he said.

At the event, Sikie also presented Minor Rural Project (MRP) grants worth RM20,000 to the longhouse and RM5,000 to its Women’s Bureau.