Work with govt, Huang tells longhouse community

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SARIKEI: The native community has been urged to continue giving their support to the Sarawak government so that more development can be carried out in the rural areas.

In making this call, Repok assemblyman Datuk Seri Huang Tiong Sii said the longhouse community, regardless of their political ideology, must work hand in hand with the state government to develop Sarikei particularly Repok area.

“It must be noted that Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg is concerned and thus has approved various incentives and assistance for development in the state.

“Take for example, the construction of the road from Jalan Pasi to Tanjung Manis worth RM321 million, this will not only benefit the people of Sarikei but the whole of the central region of Sarawak.

“Hence, we should be grateful and thankful for this road construction project which will provide connectivity for areas in the central region,” he said.

He said this at the Gawai Ngiling Bidai 2022 ceremony organised by Sarakup Indu Dayak Sarawak (SIDS) Sarikei Branch at Honey Restaurant here on yesterday (June 25) evening.

Apart from that, Huang said the state government also places great emphasis on the facilities and infrastructure of schools, churches, temples, longhouses and so on in Sarawak, especially in Sarikei.

“The state government also channels funds every year to upgrade and repair the facilities needed for the comfort of all,” he said.

Commenting on the Ngiling Bidai ceremony which means the rolling up of the mat to mark the closing of the Gawai celebration, Huang said the ceremony is very meaningful and hoped the traditions of Ngiling Bidai can be preserved.

“Through this Ngiling Bidai ceremony, it can further strengthen the relationship among the community,” said Huang.

During the event, Huang also handed over a Minor Rural Project (MPR) cheque for RM10,000 to SIDS Sarikei Branch chairlady Rosy Jita for the association to carry out its activities.

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