Rural folk thankful

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg arrives in Long Pillah. (front left) Telang Usan’s assemblyman Dennis Ngau. Behind Dennis is Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom. Photo: UKAS

MIRI: Nearly 2,000 from a 200-door longhouse at Long Pilah are among the 6,000 residents from 725 households in 13 villages who now have 24-hour access to electricity via the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares).

The handing over of the projects to the villages was held today at Long Pilah by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

These Sares projects worth RM35 million have electrified Long Pilah, Long Luteng, Long Daloh Bestari, Long Miri, Long Tebangan, Long Liam Keliman, Long Sobeng, Long Selapun, Long Sebatang, Long Sengung, Long Pala, Long Buah and Long Buken.

The New Sarawak Tribune spoke to a few residents of Long Pilah, many of whom were thankful to the state government.

At the same time, a few hoped that more development would be brought into the area, such as better internet connectivity to aid students.

Anyie Wan
Anyie Wan

‘I am happy that our state government is committed in delivering basic amenities to rural folk and we hope that more would be coming to benefit the people in the rural areas.’

Lucas Lawai (in Rela photo)

‘We appreciate what the government is doing for the rural folk. Perhaps they can bring even more development.’

Samion Oyok (in Rela photo)

‘I applaud the initiative as we had been using generator sets to light up our villages. Thank you to the government of Sarawak for the project.’

(from left) Lucas Lawai, Samion Oyok Edward Paran.
Edward Paran (in Rela photo)

‘I hope more projects would be coming into our areas because we need basic amenities such as roads, treated water supply, and electricity.’

Jacob Jok
Jacob Jok

‘This is something that we have been waiting for — electricity supply, treated water supply and roads linking this area to Lapok and Miri.’

Julian Jalong Jeffery
Julian Jalong Jeffery, student

‘The people need more development. For us in Long Pilah, for example, we need better internet connectivity because students need this facility for our studies.’