MIRI: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg yesterday brought Labour Day gifts to the people in Sibuti.
Officiating at the Senada Sejiwa Sibuti 2018 at the Rural Transformation Centre (RTC) in Bekenu town, he announced several development projects totalling RM69 million for Sibuti parliamentary constituency.
He said RM50 million had been approved to improve the internet connectivity throughout Sibuti.
Abang Johari said the improvement of internet connection would be in line with the state government’s policy of encouraging digital economy, that would allow those in the agricultural and tourism industry to utilise the internet platform to promote their products.
For example Sibuti has big potential in the agricultural industry and with the improvement in internet connection it may boost the Sibuti brand in other parts of the world, he said.
Besides that, RM10 million had been approved to upgrade the drainage system in Lambir constituency, RM5 million to beautify the recently completed bridge in Bekenu and RM4 million to Al-Firdaus Mosque in Taman Tunku for expansion purpose, he announced.
He also brought smiles to people in Bukit Peninjau in Sibuti when he announced that the state government had gazetted some 50 hectares in the area as native communal reserve land as a new resettlement area for them.
As for the support from the federal government, he said the new RM50 million health clinic for Sibuti as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on April 5 proved the commitment of the federal government to further improve the wellbeing of rural people.
For the state government, he promised that the policies of former Chief Minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem to ease the burden of the people would be continued by the current state government.
As such, he said the water and electricity tariffs as well as assessment rates for housing and commercial sectors would not be raised.
On another note, he encouraged the people in Sibuti to venture into modern farming by acquiring new technology that will generate more income for them.
He advised them to give their undivided support to Barisan Nasional (BN) by voting for its Sibuti candidate Lukanisman Awang Sauni on May 9.
Earlier, Abang Johari and his entourage brought cheer to the crowd by rendering two Malay songs.
Present were the chief minister’s wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, former deputy chief minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talip Zulpilip, Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman and State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani.
The two-day programme organised by the state government serves as a one-stop government platform to provide various services, advice and get the people together though side activities like sports, recreation, Sarawak Kitchen as well as a concert featuring Malaysian recording artistes and local artists.
The programme offers two Modenas motorcycles, branded mobile phones and many electrical goods to winners of the lucky draw.
Source: Sarawak Government