Sikie (centre) arrives at the Lubok Kubong multipurpose hall.

BINTULU: A Rural Electrification Scheme (RES) project costing RM14.3 million at Lubok Kubong, Tatau will benefit the people from Rumah Ado to Rumah Achun at Nanga Kelebu.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Sarawak Bumiputera Law and Customs), Datuk John Sikie Tayai, said that RES showed the state government’s commitment to bringing (electricity) power to rural households.

Speaking on the project at Lubok Kubong Tatau multipurpose hall last Saturday (Sept 12), Sikie said the project is also involving five other areas — along Jalan Samarakan, Jalan Sangan further up to Rumah Pandong, Rumah Enjan, Rumah Wilson Blue and Rumah Gundi — which have yet to have power supply.

Hence, Sikie called on the communities at the areas to extend their cooperation to ensure that the project can be implemented smoothly.

He said that last year, 18 longhouses under the Kakus constituency were able to enjoy a 24-hour electricity supply via Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares).

“This year, the state government has approved an allocation worth RM18 million under Sares in order to light up areas at Nanga Tau up to Takan in Ulu Anap involving 21 longhouses,” he said.

Meanwhile, installations of RES at four longhouses at Sungai Tau, Selangau and six longhouses at Ulu Bawan, Mukah have also been approved.