Penan longhouse gets lighted up

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MIRI: Villagers in Kampung Ba Abang, Sungai Akah in Telang Usan is no longer living in darkness, after the completion of the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares) recently.

The project was facilitated by Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) and fully funded by the state government.

“Like many other villagers, Kampung Ba Abang, Sungai Akah finally can enjoy 24-hour electricity supply that will light up every doors of this longhouse. It will also provide you with the encouragement to improve your living standard such as putting to good use your legendary weaving skills to do more handicrafts at night after back from your daily farming activity,” said Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau during the launching of Sares at the village on Tuesday (May 18).

Kampung Ba Abang, Sungai Akah is a Penan village located about six hours drive by four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicle from Miri city.   

“As your wakil rakyat we have seen and experienced projects being implemented in our constituency since 2011 and I have all the confidence that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) will continue to work hard for you and the state and is very committed to deliver all its promises because we are completely aware and certain of our ability and capability to deliver all promises made to the people of Sarawak.”

He pointed out that the GPS government promises were not political rhetoric. 

Dennis (seventh right) and the villagers after the launch of Sares at the village.

“For a progressive state, projects come in multi-layers, from different agencies or ministries and almost non-stop all year round, and not seasonal as accused by the opposition,” he explained.

In fact, Dennis said, GPS elected representatives would immediately ‘roll up their sleeves’ right after every election, working tirelessly throughout the years.

“I dare to say this because I am in the system, doing it and I saw the proof everywhere. Of course, due to the sheer size of our state and the magnitude of requests the state government received, projects came in stages and therefore I urge you all to be patient with the state government,” he explained.  

On another note, he reminded the village headmen and village security and development committee (JKKK) to continue to impose tighter movement control into their respective longhouse in order to curb the spread of Covid-19.

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