Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom

PAKAN: A total of eight rural transformation programme (RTP) projects in Pakan constituency will go through the cast-balloting system on June 15 to determine which contractors will implement the projects.

According to Pakan assemblyman Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom, the eight projects were among 40 RTP projects involving the construction of roads, buildings, small bridges, embankments and others.

“The RM5 million RTP projects will surely provide more convenience to the longhouse residents in the Pakan area upon completion.

“Currently, eight projects will undergo cast-balloting next week while the rest will be cast after the bill of quantity (BQ) has been finalised by the Public Works Department (JKR), Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) and Meradong/Julau District Council (MDMJ) in the near future,” said Mawan after visiting a road maintenance work heading to Ulu Kota here, on Thursday.

Further elaborating, he said the RTP projects were focusing on the development of infrastructures in rural areas such as roads, small bridges, embankments, new sites for longhouses, buildings and many more.

“For your information, the RTP allocation for each assemblyman is given in the form of projects (worth RM5 million) and not in cash as some have claimed.

“Each year, we (assemblymen) will send a list of project proposals to the Resident’s Office to be forwarded to the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) for approval,” explained Mawan, adding that state leaders as well as the rakyat appreciated the effort of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for continuing the RTP projects (inspired by the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem) in an effort to bridge the development gap between urban and rural areas.