Sikie (back row, centre) with some folks of Rumah Gani Suat.

TATAU: Remote areas which are not connected to the state electricity grid will be powered using solar energy under the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares).

Native Laws and Customs Assistant Minister Datuk John Sikie Tayai said this would ensure that all remote areas would have dependable electricity supplies.

“The very remote areas will be prioritised such as Takan area and Ulu Anap Tatau. For Kakus, the Sares project has already been implemented including in the Penyarai area. For Anap, two longhouses have benefited from the project. They are Rumah Gerunsin and Rumah Gani,” he said.

He said this when speaking at a meet-the-people-session held in connection with the launch of Rumah Gani Suat’s solar project at Sungai Batu, Anap recently.

About 200 residents from the surrounding area attended the event.

Sikie also announced the building of road to Rumah Gani under his Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) and a RM5,000 Minor Rural Project (MRP) grant to the longhouse’s village development and security committee (JKKK) and women’s bureau.

Also present at the ceremony were Tatau’s Sarawak Administrative Officer (SAO) Calvin Ligong Bujang, Pemanca Gerosen Jubin, Penghulu Lubon Kinchang, Penghulu Allister and Penghulu Micheal Agul.