MARUDI: It was an exciting moment for residents of a five-door longhouse in Kuala Ridan here as they welcomed Assistant Minister of Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil for his first official visit on Sunday.
Among those who expressed his happiness was Janggut Gundi, 65, who told The Borneo Post that he hoped the Marudi assemblyman’s visit would see more development projects being implemented at the longhouse.
Even though Kuala Ridan is quite close to Marudi town, there is no road linking us to Marudi and we need to use a longboat to cross Sungai Ridan.
So my hope is that our YB’s (Penguang) visit here will see more projects coming, especially a road to link Kuala Ridan to Marudi, said the fisherman.
His view was shared by fellow villager Chundi Mujab, 45, said he hopes the rural-centric development focus of the Sarawak government would mean better times ahead for the longhouse folk.
Meanwhile, Penguang during his visit announced minor rural project (MRP) allocations of RM15,000 for the village’s security and development committee (JKKK) and RM5,000 for its women’s bureau, for them to carry out activities this year.
Source: Sarawak Government