RM100,000 for new steel bridge

Uggah (left) inspecting the progress of levelling works for the Rumah Jawat longhouse expansion project at Babu Tengah in Betong.

SPAOH: The old bridge in Melabu Tengah which was destroyed during a recent flood will be replaced with an RM100,000 steel suspension bridge.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas announced the allocation during a meeting with the longhouse folk from Melabu Bair, Ulu Layar and Rumah Jawat in Bau Tengah, Debak longhouses in his Bukit Saban constituency near here today.

At the meeting, Uggah reminded the longhouse folk to remain cautious and vigilant against Covid-19.

“This includes being wary of outsiders visiting us and not complying with the standard operating procedures  (SOPs) like wearing face masks and others,” he said.

Uggah, who is the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, added visitors must respect the need to protect the longhouse folk.

“Protocols like the wearing of face masks, observing physical distancing and others should be followed to the dot,” he said.

Uggah pointed out that although the daily new Covid-19 cases in Sarawak had been on a downward trend, the state was not out of the woods yet.

“The virus is still with us as positive cases are being reported and detected each day,” he added.

Later, accompanied by Betong MP, Datuk Robert Lawson Chuat and a Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Dr Richard Rapu, Uggah went to inspect the progress of levelling works for the Rumah Jawat longhouse expansion project in Babu Tengah.

He also visited SK Nanga Gayau to check on the school’s RM7 million upgrading works which included the construction of a three-storey block comprising six classrooms, science laboratories, teachers’ office, administrative centre, four units of teachers’ quarters and other facilities.

The project is expected to be ready by January next year.