Betong growth to focus on five areas


KUCHING: Five key areas of growth have been proposed to speed up the transformation of Betong into an economically productive and prosperous division by 2030.

The onerous task will be given to the Betong Integrated Development Agency (BIDA).

BIDA chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the five areas of focus are infrastructure development which includes roads, water and power supply as well as digital infrastructure; tourism and economic development to eradicate poverty pockets and increasing the people’s income and land development projects.

“The other focus area is getting adequate housing while in education, the focus would be in the development and repair of dilapidated schools,” he said.

He said this when launching the BIDA Development Strategy 2030 Lab at Raia Hotel and Convention Centre Kuching here on Today (Aug 8).

Uggah’s speech was read out by Betong Resident Richard Micheal Abunawas.

“Today the lab is to get feedback from all of you on the projects we will propose to the government.

“We must have implementable projects to impact Betong’s development positively. All projects will be implemented by the relevant departments,” he said.

He also took the opportunity to convey his appreciation to Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg for forming the agency and for allocating it a budget of RM1.5 billion.

SEPAKAT… Timbalan Pengerusi Agensi Pembangunan Bersepadu Betong (BIDA), Datuk Gerald Rentap (dua dari kiri) dan Residen Bahagian Betong, Richard Micheal Abunawas (kanan) bersama Ahli Parlimen dan Adun turut kelihatan Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim, Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, Mohamad Razi Sitam, Datuk Robert Lawson Chuat dan Razali Gapor di Majlis Perasmian LAB Betong Integrated Development Agency (Bida) di Kuching semalam.

Meanwhile, BIDA deputy chairman Datuk Gerald Rentap Jabu said aside from the five proposed areas, another area of concern is development of the agriculture industry and social facilities.

“At the same, we also need to create more capable and talented human resources to meet challenges in accelerating the economy of Betong.

“Hence, we must make sure the children in Betong do not miss the opportunity to obtain an education,” he said.

Rentap, who is Layar assemblyman, said therefore there is a need to look at further enhancing the education level among school students.

Meanwhile, the three-day lab is being attended by more than 180 civil servants and community leaders from the city and Betong Division.

The lab which started on Aug 8 will conclude this Wednesday (Aug 10).

Among those present were former deputy chief minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu; Saribas assemblyman and BIDA deputy chairman Mohammad Razi Sitam; Batang Lupar MP Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim; and Betong MP Datuk Robert Lawson Chuat.

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