41-acre new township being developed in Sebuyau

Abang Johari given a briefing by Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) director Ir Chang Kuet Shian on the high-level water tank. Also seen is Julaihi (right). Photo credit: Ukas

By Karen Bong

SEBUYAU, Nov 6: The Sarawak government will develop a new township in Sebuyau on an area measuring 41.36 acres; including the construction of 235 affordable housing units for the local community.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg emphasised that Sebuyau will see rapid development with more basic infrastructure being planned and implemented in the surrounding areas.

“Under socio-economy development including housing, I have approved an area in Sungai Ladong to develop a housing scheme to provide affordable housing for the local community.

“Most importantly, with the ongoing construction of Batang Lupar Bridge which is expected to be completed in five years and the retaining wall projects, it will spur the development of agriculture and tourism in this area,” he told a press conference after the earth breaking ceremony for the housing project in the new township today.

On the concept of the new township, Abang Johari explained that it will be similar to that in Serian whereby an administrative centre will be established.

“I will make another announcement related to this when I return for another working visit in the near future,” he added.

Currently, site preparation and earthworks are being carried out by the Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA).

The construction work for 39 housing units in the first phase of the housing project is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2022.

According to LCDA, the development of the Sebuyau new township housing project is in line with the Sarawak government’s intention to provide affordable housing complete with infrastructure and social facilities for residents in rural areas.

Apart from the housing project, the master plan which has been approved by the State government also involves commercial components such as two-storey shophouses, three-storey shophouses, food court, market, cottage industrial premises and petrol station.

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Assistant Minister of Infrastructure and Port Development Datuk Julaihi Narawi and Batang Lupar MP Dato Sri Rohani Abdul Karim were also present. — DayakDaily