Continuous development assured

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg perform the gimmick launching of the Padawan Road Phase 1 Upgrading Project witnessed by from left Serian Resident Tuah Suni, Serian MP Datuk Seri Richard Rion, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Datuk Seri Michael Manyin, Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn, Datuk Julaihi Narawi and ADUN for Bukit Semuja John Ilus. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: Residents of the Serian division are assured of continuous development by the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government in line with its agenda to fully transform the division.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg who gave his word to the dwellers said he intends to keep his promise.

Alluding to the newly launched Padawan road construction project, Abang Johari said such is an example of him making good on his promises.

“When I promise something and approve the funding for it, it will be implemented just as I promised,” he said when officiating at the launch of the Padawan Road upgrading project on Saturday.

The chief minister said for Serian, which was elevated into a division during his predecessor, the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem’s administration, it would continue to be developed under the current GPS state government.

“Today we are seeing what has been done in Padawan as well as Serian which will have its new administration centre. We know Adenan elevated Serian into a division previously.

“I will continue the efforts of Adenan, who himself was continuing the good work of his predecessor Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud,” he said.

“We will continue to transform Serian division, this is one of the gifts of being under a government that is concerned about the people and is committed in fulfilling the desire of the people to see more development,” he said.

On the Padawan Road upgrading project, the chief minister said the project was supposed to be a federal government project using federal funds, but its allocation was cancelled by the previous Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government.

“For twenty-two months, the people were expecting to get a new road only to be disappointed in the end. So, I decided that we will fund it ourselves. The 30km road will be the first phase.

“The public works department (JKR) official said to me that we may need to extend the road upgrading project further in the second phase, so we will get the funds so that the road can be fully completed,” he said.