24-hour power supply for Nanga Merit

Dr Chen (sixth left, second row) symbolically hands over the solar power system to Rumah Entili longhouse headman Entili Langi.

KAPIT: Some 2,200 residents of 290 households in 13 longhouses at Nanga Merit here are now enjoying 24-hour solar-powered electricity supply under the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares).

In a press release issued today, Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) said the initiative has provided the fastest way to electrify households in the interiors of Sarawak.

“Nanga Merit is a tributary of the Rejang River and is only accessible by river and timber track road. With longhouses along its banks too distant to be connected to grid electricity, the fastest way to electrify households has been through Sares,” it said.

The beneficiary villages include Rumah Seking, Rumah Entili, Rumah Anthony Jiram, Rumah Yan Ngumbang, Rumah Wilfred Guyang, Rumah Lawrence Lannie, Rumah Milang, Rumah Berundang, Pekan Nanga Merit, Rumah Ibin, Rumah Rajau, Rumah Sadang and Rumah Julau.

A symbolic ceremony of the handover of the power supply was held at Rumah Entili, located two hours by boat from Kapit town, on Monday to mark the completion of the project.

Present to officiate at the ceremony was Assistant Minister of Utilities (Rural Electricity), Datuk Liwan Lagang.

Also present were Hulu Rajang Member of Parliament Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong, Sarawak Energy vice president for rural electrification Dr Chen Shiun and representatives of the Ministry of Utilities, relevant agencies and community leaders.