SIBU: A total of RM2.99 million has been allocated by the state government for development in the Lengan River area from 2016 to 2019.
Daro state assemblyman Safiee Ahmad said most of the allocation was meant for public infrastructure projects comprising roads, jetty, halls and others.
“This proves that the state government is committed to narrowing the gap between urban and rural areas,” he said.
“Since becoming an elected representative in this area, I have channelled the allocations for the public infrastructure projects for the convenience of all Lengan River residents.
“During our last state assembly sitting I did voice concerns about the two settlements in Lengan River that are separated by the river and that these settlements are only accessible by boat,” he pointed out.
Safiee made the statement when speaking at the Sibu District Social Community Engagement and Launching of Road Upgrade Project at Rumah Bayang Dollah, Lengan River, Sibu here yesterday.
The event was organised by
Sibu District Office and saw the presence of Igan MP Ahmad Johnie Zawawi, Sibu District assistant district officer Cynthia Ong, Temenggong Stanley Geramong Bandar, Pemanca James Semilan, Penghulu Evelyn Holly Sebom and Tuai Rumah Dollah as well as some other local longhouse chiefs.
Safiee also said that he had applied to the Sibu Division Public Works Department (JKR) to prepare a blueprint to build a bridge across the Lengan River to connect both settlements here.
He said JKR had submitted the proposal paper and its required total allocation of RM11 million.
For the year 2020 the projects’ list has been prepared involving an allocation of RM470 million, he said.
“This list of projects will be implemented in 2020,” he added.
For the year 2019, he said, six projects with an allocation of RM1.23 million will start works in May.
Safiee said that every year, Daro state constituency, like the others, is given an allocation of RM5 million.