Datuk Henry Sum Agong

KUCHING: Sarawak will see more federal projects coming its way following the change of government at federal level, said Rural Development Deputy Minister Datuk Henry Sum Agong.

Henry, who is Lawas MP, said this was not the case in the two years the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government was in power when there was no visit from federal ministers to Trusan, Lawas.

“There were no projects being implemented in our area especially by the federal government, but we remain grateful as the state government has stepped in.

“Starting this year, when the government changed hands and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was appointed as prime minister, only then was the door opened for us to apply for projects.

“We can apply and the projects that require attention will get (implemented),” he said in a speech in Trusan, Lawas today.

Henry said despite only being in power for three months, the federal government had delivered a huge project to Lawas which is the construction of Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) in the constituency.

“This is the project brought by the new government, and the ministry is being briefed on the needs of the area.

“This is our need as rural dwellers and our public infrastructure remains incomplete,” he said.

Henry said besides public infrastructure, among the other pressing needs in the area are water supply, electricity and other facilities.

“We also need more street lights in the area. It is hoped that lights would be added along the roads. Secondly, we need telecommunication coverage. It may be for another (ministry) to tackle, but it too has to be fulfilled by the federal government,” he said.

Rural Development Minister Datuk Dr Abd Latiff Ahmad, who spoke after Henry, said that he had no other choice but to honour the wishes of the constituents as relayed by their MP.

“We will do it, but it will be done in phases. I also spoke with the Resident on how we can improve internet coverage here as sometimes I couldn’t reach my deputy (Henry) when I called him.

“That is why, besides roads, water and electricity, telecommunication has to be improved. Rest assured, we will settle it slowly and we will insert the (development projects) into the ministry’s planning,” he said.