Sares project lights 70 longhouses

Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau (second left) join some delighted folks of Ba Pakan who, for the first time in their history, have 24-hour electricity supply for their longhouse. He launched a project under the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares) at the longhouse recently. To date, more than 70 longhouses in Telang Usan constituency now have such power supply.

KUCHING: More than 70 longhouses in Telang Usan now enjoy 24-hour electricity thanks to the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares) project.

The state’s Ministry of Utilities and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) collaborated in launching the project to supply electricity to the residents in remote areas. 

Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau said the life of the residents has improved a lot in the rural areas with the solar electricity provided by the state government. 

“Today the community of Ba Pakan will also change with the lighting up of their village. 

“Therefore, remember that each time when you turn on the power switch in your home, be thankful to the state government that works hard to bring goodness to you,” he said when launching the Sares project for the 57-door Ba Pakan Sungai Akah longhouse on Sunday. 

Dennis said the implementation of Sares project which costs millions of ringgit for every settlement or longhouse in rural areas of the state, especially in the Telang Usan constituency, is a fulfillment of the state government’s promise to provide electricity supply for rural people. 

“This is also another manifestation of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government, led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, in effort to bring a balanced development between the urban and rural areas,” he pointed out. 

He said despite the opposition making endless false accusations and deny the progress achieved by the GPS government, all the developments that have been done can be seen by all. 

“GPS continues to deliver what is expected of the state government. We have many strategic plans but among the many, I believe providing 24-hour electricity is very important as it is a basic necessity that will propel other needs in our daily life,” he said. 

The Sares project for the Ba Pakan village was completed in November.