Long Lama has transformed

Dennis (seated second left) officiates at the mooncake festival in Long Lama. At his right is Baru.

LONG LAMA: The rapid development of the rural town of Long Lama is evident from the existence of better infrastructure, amenities and a more vibrant local economy, said Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau.

He said the area had been transformed from a quiet backwater into a bustling town by the state government.

“The state government under the Barisan Nasional (BN) then and now Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) under Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has brought development to this area.

“As the representative with the strong support of the state and federal governments, I will continue to develop this town and Telang Usan as a whole,” he said when officiating at a mooncake festival programme here recently.

Dennis said the constituency was strategically located along the Sabah-Sarawak Link Road (SSLR) which would improve the link to Long Lama town and Kuala Melinau, Mulu National park.

He also lauded the role of the Chinese in Long Lama who had worked alongside the state government to develop the town.

He urged them to further develop their businesses and the economy as Long Lama was pivotal to the overall development of Telang Usan.

On the mooncake festival celebration, Dennis said it would enhance unity among the residents.

“I will support efforts to hold this festival annually at Long Lama. I was told that it was participated by more than 600 people from Long Lama, Lapok town and as well as Miri City,” he said.

Dennis, who is also Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) chairman, urged the Sarawak Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry to fund the construction of a hanging bridge across the Baram River at the town as well as recreational facilities.

“Another project which I have submitted to the Youth and Sports Ministry is for a sport complex to be built at the Rural Growth Centre (RGC). This will enable sport events to be held here at Long Lama town,” he said.

At the function, the Telang Usan assemblyman presented a total of RM15,000 in minor rural project (MRP) grants for the event to the Long Lama Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) and another RM20,000 for other community activities.

Present were Telang Usan District Officer Baru Tai, Beluru state administrative officer Marliney Igil, community leaders Penghulu Desmond Yap and Kapitan Yeo Kee Siang.

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