RM464.9 mln in projects approved for Spaoh

Uggah (right) in the company of Abang Johari (second right) and various officials during their visit to Spaoh.

SPAOH: A total of RM464.9 million in development projects has been approved for the Spaoh sub-district, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

He said two projects — the Sungai Paku bridge and the Bebuling short take-off and landing airport (STOLport) — cost RM26.75 million and RM108.16 million respectively.

He said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg also approved two Agropark projects in Debak and Bebuling which will utilise new technology in agriculture.

“You can see that this is a complex development programme. On behalf of the constituents of Bukit Saban, thank you very much to our apai besai (chief),” he said during the chief minister’s working visit here today.

Uggah said the chief minister and the state government has an established track record of making good on their pledges to deliver development to the people.

“So today, the promise by the chief minister is fulfilled. We don’t make false promises. This is how it is under the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government,” he said.

The deputy chief minister said among the biggest achievements of Abang Johari was landing additional revenues for Sarawak to implement its development projects.

“So through the State Sales Tax (SST) on petroleum products, we have obtained RM3 billion (in the first year). This boosted the state’s revenue which is used to fund the development in Sarawak,” he said.

Uggah said while the opposition has been going to the ground making promises to the people, none of them has been fulfilled.

“It is easy to make promises but it is difficult to fulfil them. Back then, someone promised 20 percent in oil royalty. Twenty-two months went by and we didn’t get a single cent,” he said.

The Bukit Saban assemblyman said when the time comesthe people must return GPS to power for it to continue governing Sarawak.

“We have all the proof. We are sincere in developing Sarawak be it in urban or rural areas,” he said.