By Zarina Abdullah
KUCHING: Batu Kawa has transformed into a bustling new commercial area over the years, thanks to the leadership of its friendly assemblyman Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
Many have expressed their views on how much the constituency has changed and how the development projects brought in were able to transform it into a new town of its own.
Mohd Shukry Dahli, resident of RPR Batu Kawa
“People’s Housing Plan (RPR) Batu Kawa has now received many facilities and is progressing well. Starting with a good drainage system, the roads now have speed bumps to prevent illegal racing. I am quite satisfied so far. I just want the government to add more facilities for sports and recreational activities so that the community can lead a healthy lifestyle. In addition, I request that the football and futsal field at RPR Batu Kawa be repaired.”
Mohammad Yuzairul, resident of Kampung Sinar Budi Baru
“Batu Kawa is now developing rapidly as there are many commercial centres and other facilities that make it easier for residents who do not have to travel to the city because everything is here. Housing areas are also increasing, as well as the population. However, I hope the government can do something to reduce traffic congestion.”
Boges Dollah, from Desa Wira
“I am grateful because Dr Sim is a very caring person and always looks after the residents of his area. Many developments and changes can be seen here in the past few years, including Jalan Batu Kawa-Matang which now shortens the travel distance to the Petra Jaya area. Batu Kitang is also developing well under the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) elected representative Lo Khere Chiang.
Lo Khere Chiang, Batu Kitang assemblyman
“Many developments have taken place specifically in Batu Kitang since GPS took over by winning this seat in the last state election. Among them are new construction and upgrading of community halls, courts, mosques, suraus and temples, as well as basic facilities including roads and upgraded drainage systems. Places with tourism potential have been identified and proposals have been submitted to the state and federal governments. In the next five years, there will be no more poor houses in the Batu Kitang constituency and we will continue to upgrade road infrastructure and drainage.”