Two more projects approved for Balingian

Balingian assemblyman for Abdul Yakub Arbi presents a souvenir to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, while (from left) Assistant Native Laws and Customs Minister Datuk John Sikie Tayai, Minister of Welfare, Community, Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah and Assistant Minister of Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Datuk Len Talif Salleh look on.

BALINGIAN: The Sarawak government has approved two more development projects here, namely the construction of an RM5 million Anjung Usahawan One-Stop Centre and an RM10 million chalet.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg approved these projects on the spot upon the request from Balingian assemblyman Abdul Yakub Arbi during the Anjung Selera Balingian groundbreaking ceremony at the Balingian Community Hall on Sunday (April 11).

“On the request to build a road at Sungai Bawan which will connect the two constituencies, Balingian and Kakus, we will need to study the area first.

“This is because we need to do the road alignment as well as look at the road design,” he said.

For the project to materialise, he urged the people in Balingian to give their mandate to Abdul Yakub during the coming state election.  

“It is only when Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is still here that we will be able to carry out all these development projects.

“God willing, GPS will continue to lead Sarawak and continue to bring development in order to make Sarawak the most developed state in the country by 2030,” he said.

Earlier, Abdul Yakub conveyed his appreciation to the state government for approving many development projects which would benefit the people.

He said the state government had approved several projects, namely the construction of the RM5.5 million waterfront project, Balingian Sub-District Administration Office (RM5 million), Dalat and Mukah District Council (RM5 million), Anjung Selara Balingian (RM5 million), and upgrading of Bilingian Mini Stadium (RM5 million), and the Medan Selera Matadeng (RM5 million).

“The implementation of Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) projects such as the repair of villages and longhouses is carried out in phases to alleviate the financial burden of the people,” he said.

Abdul Yakub urged the state government to approve more projects in the sub-district.

“My first proposal is for the state government to build a road at the Balingan Rural Growth Centre (RGC) along Sungai Bawan. Estimated to cost RM200 million, this road will be able to connect my constituency with Kakus constituency. It will also benefit more than 20 longhouses along Sungai Balingian,” he said.

 Abdul Yakub said his second proposal was for the state government to build a chalet which would cost of RM10 million to cater to the locals and tourists in the area.

His third proposal was for the state government to build a Balingian Anjung Usahawan One-Stop Centre for the locals who were involved in entrepreneurship.

He added the fourth proposal was for the state government to build an indoor stadium in Balingian costing RM10 million to complete the sports facilities.

“With all the ongoing projects and these suggested projects, it is hoped that Balingian can be upgraded from a sub-district to a full district in the near future,” said Abdul Yakub.