Wayleave issues must not dampen project progress

Penguang attending the Zoom meeting on Thursday

KUCHING: The wayleave issues arising in the implementation of the Phase 1 of the Rural Electrification Scheme (RES) in Marudi must not dampen the progress of the project.

Assistant Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil said this affected the residents in Long Maro, Long Seridan and other areas in Jalan Timbarap.

“My stand is firm, that such issues must not cause the project progress to be affected and causing the dwellers to miss out (on the facilities).

“The Utility Ministry will continue to find a solution to this issue so that the project can continue to be implemented,” he said in a Facebook post today.

On Thursday, the Marudi assemblyman attended a Zoom meeting with the Utility Ministry, Sarawak Energy Berhad, Land and Survey Department and the Marudi district office to discuss the wayleave issue.

Penguang said overall, the implementation Phase 1 RES in Marudi was still ongoing despite being affected by the current Covid-19 situation and wayleave issues.

“This is scheduled for completion by year end and once completed, it will supply electricity to all villages in Bakong and Tinjar.”

 He also said the Phase 2 of the project in Baram Hilir was currently being implemented.

In a separate post, Penguang also expressed concern on the rising Covid-19 cases in Beluru when attending a briefing by the Miri Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on Thursday.

He said among the crux of the discussion with Abang Johari was the importance of adhering standard operating procedures as well as increasing the effectiveness of its enforcement.

He added that the chief minister assured the needs of DDMC and the Health Ministry team in Miri would be addressed.