KAPIT: Some 50 local bodies including Village Security and Development Committees (JKKK), clubs and associations received grants totalling RM821,000 from Katibas assemblyman Datuk Ambrose Blikau Enturan under his minor rural project (MRP) allocation.
The handing over of the grant was held recently at Song office of the Kapit District Council.
“Each state assemblyman is allocated a grant of RM2 million under the MRP annually. With the limited amount, it is not possible to distribute the allocation to all the JKKKs. Hence, the grant is given based on priority.
“The first batch of MRP grant involves an allocation of RM821,000 while the second batch, which is expected to be disbursed in December involves an amount more than RM1 million,” said Blikau.
In addition to the grant, Blikau revealed that each elected representative is allocated RM5 million for the development of various infrastructure projects for the benefit of the people.
He advised the grant recipients and JKKKs to discuss with their longhouse community on how best to spend the money.
On the Upper Rajang Development Agency (Urda) development projects for Song, Blikau disclosed that the Jalan Banjor/Engkuah Phase 1 project Jalan Banjor/Nanga Makut is now under the tender evaluation process while the Nanga Makut/Engkuah road project is in the process of awarding the contract to the successful bidder.
He added that other Urda road development projects include Nanga Engkuah/Lubok Ipoh and the proposed road link to Lanjak Entimau.
He advised successful contractors to carry out the works based on the specifications in the contract to meet the satisfaction of the target group.
Also present at the ceremony were Kapit District Council secretary Jabang Juntan, community leaders and several councillors of Kapit District Council.