Linga folks show up to witness a new chapter of development unfolding starting with the earth-breaking ceremony.

LINGGA: The constituents here are urged to put their faith in Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state administration to oversee the district’s transformation in the next five years.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said with the completion of infrastructure projects within that period, the small coastal fishing town could become the state’s food basket.

“As long as you put your faith in me and the GPS state government, we can see a lot of changes in the next five years,” he said when officiating at the earth breaking ceremony of Lingga Waterfront and Lingga Service Centre here yesterday.

Abang Johari said that the state government will link Lingga to Betong, Sebuyau and Triso along with completing the Batang Lupar Bridge, which was a pledge by the previous federal government but has since been scrapped after Pakatan Harapan helmed Putrajaya.

“So, within the next five years, Lingga will be an interconnected hub with roads and water supply. I can guarantee that in the next five years, it will be completed,” he assured.

Abang Johari addresses the crowd during the earth breaking ceremony of Lingga Waterfront and Lingga Service Centre.

On the impacts brought by the soon to be completed infrastructure projects, the chief minister said that lands will be opened up for agricultural estates.

“Now Malaysia is only ranked at tenth place in terms of food security, Singapore is ranked at number one. They are secure in terms of food although they don’t have land in abundance.

“We on the other hand, have a lot of land but are not secure in terms of our food supply. To date, Sarawak’s food export value amounts to RM900 million, which is still far below our food imports of RM4.7 billion,” he said.

Abang Johari said that areas such as Lingga, Sri Aman and Stumbin have huge potential in terms of implementing modern agriculture.

“We can expect in the next five years, these areas will become the state’s food basket with food products such as maize and paddy being planted,” he added.

Also present were Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Assistant Minister Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion, Lingga assemblyman Simoi Peri, Batang Lupar MP Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim and Sri Aman Resident Indit Bangai.