State gov’t prioritises rural dev’t

SEBUYAU: Developing the rural areas is still the main priotity for Gabungan Party Sarawak (GPS), Assistant Minister of Coastal Road and Sebuyau Assemblyman, Datuk Julaihi Narawi said.

This was clearly shown when the State Government under the leadership of Chief Minsiter Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg approved the project to upgrade coastal roads in the state.

“In a briefing at Sadong Jaya recently, the State Government has approved a sum of RM150 million to solve the immediate water problem in Sadong Jaya, Sebangan, Sebuyau and Simunjan.

“Another approach is that the State Government will build a state water supply grid which is a large pipeline to channel water to the entire state,” he said.

Datuk Julaihi said this during a Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Gawai Dayak Celebration 2018 at the Sebuyau community hall here yesterday. He was accompanied by his wife, Datin Saadiah Buji.

He explained that the State Government never wavered from its agenda to develop the rural areas, especially the coastal area. The coastal roads from Tanjung Datu to Lawas cover a total of 890km.

The coastal roads have not been categorised as highway and they need to be improved under the State project package of coastal roads instead of constructing broken roads and bridges.

Therefore, Julaihi said, the people of Sarawak are urged to continue giving support to the GPS to ensure that important developments of the state are prioritised. “Even when change happens in the centre stage, we will continue to prioritise our rights and fight for what rightly belong to us,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Batang Lupar, Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said he would make sure that the federal government under PH will pay attention towards the needs in the Batang Lupar area, adding that the area should not be left out of development.

Hence, she said, ADUN members are required to make any proposal, information and the will of the people from the area will be explained to the federal government to bring the needed development to Batang Lupar.