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Development In Serian Must Go On, Says Manyin

SERIAN: A minister has assured the people here that the development in the division will continue despite the Sarawak government being in the opposition now.

Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin said Sarawak government under Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is a ‘friendly opposition’ which works together with the Pakatan Harapan (PH)-led federal government.

He pointed out the good ties between GPS and the federal PH government was evident when leaders of Sarawak government were invited to the Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house hosted by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad recently in Putrajaya.

With this good ties, I believe we will still get development allocations from the federal government. We will jointly develop Sarawak including Serian which is the state’s newest administrative division which includes Serian District and Tebedu District. So, don’t worry. We will work together as long as we are collaborating with Tun Dr Mahathir as our Prime Minister. That is our position. We are friendly opposition, he said when launching Serian’s No Plastic Bag Day 2018 campaign and MCOM, a mobile app for Serian District Council, here yesterday.

On a related matter, the Tebedu assemblyman asserted that the plan to build Serian Division Administrative Complex and Conference Centre will still go on.

He said these projects, announced by previous chief minister the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem, and the earth-breaking officiated by current Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg were not political gimmick as alleged by some people on social media.

It will be built soon. Be patient. Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari also announced last year that Ranchan Pool will be upgraded. This has already been completed within four months at a cost of RM2.5 million, he said.

Touching on the No Plastic Bag Day campaign, he hoped this will lead to reduction in plastic bag usage in Serian Division.

If the plastic bag usage is not controlled, this can cause problems. In Europe, some countries are not using plastic but switch to paper bags. In Serian, we try to control usage of plastic bags. Also, don’t burn it and don’t bury it because this is harmful to the environment and health.

If we can do it, I believe Serian Division can be role model to others, he said. He commended the effort by Serian District Council to come up with a mobile app to enable the people in Serian to communicate with the council through their smartphones.

He said efforts are now ongoing to improve telecommunications coverage by installing more telco towers to enable the people to enjoy better telco service.

Also present were Kedup assemblyman Martin Ben, a political secretary to the chief minister John David Nyauh, Serian Resident Johnathan Lugoh, Serian district officer Lim Hock Meng and the council secretary Constantine Jonas.


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