KUCHING: Efforts are already in motion to turn Kampung Segedup here into a modern village hub.

This was announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“We will do upgrading works starting with the basic infrastructure such as roads, and utilities such as supplies of water and electricity,” he said during “Majlis Ramah Mesra PBB N8 Satok” at the village last Saturday night.

He acknowledged that currently, the villagers have to go through Batu Kawa when travelling to and from their homes.

Hence, a road has been proposed starting from Stapok roundabout to Maong and on to Kampung Segedup.

The Land and Survey Department has surveyed the land which will cost millions of ringgit, but as he put it, “we have to have it regardless”.

A new residential area is also currently being developed, which means that the village is becoming a little bit bigger.

“The village will be a modern hub, complete with resettlements. This will be a long-term project,” said Abang Johari, who revealed that core houses have been mooted so that the owners can expand them into full-fledged bungalows.

The houses are estimated to be sold for between RM90,000 and RM120,000 each.

“The houses are considered affordable,” he said.

Abang Johari (fifth left) and Juma’ani (fourth left) cut a glutinous rice cake to launch the “Majlis Ramah Mesra PBB N8 Satok” as Madinah (second left), Fadillah (sixth left), Sulaiman (seventh left), Ibrahim (eighth left), Wahap (partly hidden), Hilmy (partly hidden) Lo (right) and other distinguished guests look on. Photo: Mohd Arif Noni

Also present at the event were Abang Johari’s wife Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, Petra Jaya MP Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister Abdul Samat Gany and North Kuching City Mayor Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai, PBB N8 Satok Women chief Datuk Dayang Madinah Tun Openg,  Petra Jaya MP Datuk Seri Fadilah Yusuf , Penghulu of Kampung Segedup Sulaiman Awi, PBB N8 Satok Branch deputy chief Ibrahim Baki and organising chairman of PBB N8 Satok “Ramah Mesra” Ceremony Hilmy Othman.