Sares uplifts living standards of rural folk

Chukpai (standing third right) and Liwan (on Chukpai’s right) with representatives of the longhouses.

KUCHING: The uninterrupted electricity supply to rural areas through the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares) is able to uplift the living standards of the dwellers, said Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chukpai Ugon.

“Thank you to the Sarawak government for being concerned with the wellbeing of the people and proactive in focusing its development agenda to the dwellers.

“This is especially the case when it comes to supplying 24-hour electricity, and it has been instrumental (to the rural areas),” he said in a Facebook post today.

Last Friday, the Murum assemblyman was present at the handover ceremony of Phase 4 of the Sares project to dwellers in the Belaga constituency at Kampung Melayu multipurpose hall, Belaga which Datuk Liwan Lagang, Assistant Minister for Utilities (Rural Electricity), officiated at.

A total of five longhouses, involving 168 households, received the rural electrification scheme project last Friday. They are Long Lidem, Sg Linau; Long Abit, Sg Linau; Long Tanyit, Sg Linau; Naha Jalei, Long Kabuho; and Punan Sama, Belaga.

Chukpai said Sares is an initiative by the state government to supply 24-hours electricity to dwellers through the Sarawak Utilities Ministry.

“This is borne fully by the state government and is implemented by Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB),” he said.

Also present during the handover ceremony were SEB Rural Electrification vice president Dr Chen Shiun, community leaders, councillors and representatives of Sares project recipients of the Belaga and Murum constituencies.