Slew of infrastructure projects in Spaoh

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KUCHING: The small town of Spaoh in Betong will receive various infrastructure development projects that will benefit its dwellers.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the Tanjung Sebekut drainage system will be upgraded at a cost of RM5 million. It will be tendered out soon.

He was explaining the components of the upgrading exercise to members of the Tanjung Sebekut Scheme committee in Spaoh on Sunday.

Uggah said besides the drainage system, other amenities in Spaoh would also be upgraded including road and drainage and irrigation infrastructures.

“We are especially looking at facilitating paddy farmers in the area with machines to help them in harvesting,” he said.

On the committee, the deputy chief minister said its members would be involved in monitoring the upgrading works on the projects.

Meanwhile, Uggah who is Bukit Saban assemblyman said tender for the construction of the RM5 million new Spaoh market would close this Wednesday.

“The market will be a double storey building and the top floor will consist of a food court and lock-up shops. On the ground floor will be the market area,” he said.

Uggah who is Agriculture Modernisation, Native Land and Regional Development Minister said efforts to upgrade the infrastructure in the area reflected the state government’s rural development policy.

“This is another manifestation of the continuing efforts of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government to bring in modern and better amenities in the rural areas and we are certainly not neglecting such areas,” he said.

Also present were the Betong Division Drainage and Irrigation officer Bartholomew Emily Ayu, political secretary to the chief minister, Dr Richard Rapu and Tanjung Sebekut Scheme chairman Abang Hendi Abang Zaini and secretary Abdul Karim Jawi.

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