KUCHING: The progress of development at Kampung Telaga Air in terms of physical infrastructure and socio-economic facilities has been driven by the setting up of the Rural Growth Center (RGC) in the early 1980s.
Utilities Assistant Minister (Water Supply) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said, RGC Telaga Air is the first of its kind in Sarawak by combining several small villages located in the surrounding area.
He said, after almost 40 years, RGC Telaga Air continues to develop basic facilities such as mosques, schools and business stalls in the area.
“Through RGC, the community is given the opportunity to enjoy the progress of the state,” he said.
He said this when officiating at the launch of the Rural Water Supply project at Kampung Sibu Laut and Kampung Sungai Aur at Telaga Air Esplanade yesterday (July 18).
Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also the Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) said to further boost development in Telaga Air and surrounding areas, the Sarawak government also included the area in the southern Sarawak Tourism circle.
“This means various tourism facilities will be developed,” he said.
He hoped that the locals could be involved in the tourism program because of the various benefits they would get, especially in the economic aspect.
“If possible, develop more homestays to attract visitors, especially in Kampung Sungai Aur and Kampung Sibu Laut,” he said.
Dr Abdul Rahman said the area is fortunate because it has with natural beauty not found elsewhere.
“This advantage should be used as a source of income in the tourism sector,” he said.
Also present were Federal Deputy Rural Development Minister Datuk Henry Sum Agong and Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) Director Chang Kuet Shian.