SIMANGGANG: Sri Aman and Kota Samarahan will soon have the State Government Administrative Centre, says Datuk Amar Jaul Samion.
The State Secretary said as of now, five divisions—Kuching, Serian, Betong, Mukah and Kapit—had such a centre
“So, the addition of Sri Aman and Kota Samarahan will bring together all state government departments and agencies such as District Office, Resident’s Office, Social Welfare Department, Bumiputera Court, Land and Survey Department, under one roof.
“The sites have already been identified and we are still waiting for the plans,” he said at a ceremony to present the Pantu and Lingga district officers their appointment letters here on Monday (April 18).
“The centre in Sarikei is still in the process of construction. Centres in Limbang, Lawas and Miri are also in the plans.
“Each administrative centre will have a counter on the ground floor to enable the public to obtain their respective services before doing further business with the relevant government agencies on the upper floor.”
At the ceremony, Jaul presented the letter of appointment to Pantu District officer Langgong Wasam and Lingga District officer Frank Lani.
He described their appointments as meaningful to Sri Aman Division and Simanggang folk – being the first Lingga and Pantu district officers.
“When we look back at the administrative history of Sarawak, in 1949, the administrative boundaries only started with five divisions.
“This then increased to nine divisions in 1987, then 11 divisions in 2002 and 12 divisions in 2015.
“Besides that, 40 districts increased to 45 districts with the creation of five new districts, namely Gedong, Siburan, Pantu, Lingga and Sebuyau. Balai Ringin has also been upgraded to a sub-district.”