The groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the upgrading work of the surau building.

LAWAS: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government has never neglected Lawas in the state’s development plan.

Stating this yesterday, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan called on the Lawas constituents to continue supporting the development efforts of the state government.

“The state government will work hard to continue to develop Sarawak. We will continue to carry out the strategic projects that have been withdrawn by the federal government,” he said in his speech at the groundbreaking ceremony for the upgrading work of the surau building at Kampung Serdang yesterday.

After unveiling that the upgrading work cost RM799,994, Awang Tengah said the renovation would provide the surau with a bigger space for Muslims to perform their prayers in a conducive environment.

“We have changed the original plan of the surau because it was too small.

“Alhamdulillah, with this upgraded plan, the surau can accommodate up to 350 worshippers at one time,” he said.

The surau, located on the main road from Lawas to Sabah, is scheduled to be completed next June.

The groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the upgrading work of the surau building.

Awang Tengah also stressed the importance of choosing local leaders to fight for Sarawak rights.

“We need more development; thus, it is important for Sarawak to be governed by local leaders. Only local leaders can fulfill the needs of Sarawakians,” he said.

Also present were the Agriculture Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, Lawas MP Datuk Henry Sum Agong, Limbang MP Hasbi Habibollah and Batu Danau assemblyman Paul Palu Ngumbang.