54 Dudong longhouses hope to be connected to electricity grid in 2020

Wong and other SUPP members in a group photo with Rumah Setia residents during a recent visit.

SIBU, Dec 30: A total of 54 longhouses in Dudong constituency are hopeful they will finally see their wish of electricity supply come true next year, according to SUPP Dudong chairman Wong Ching Yong.

In a press statement today, Wong disclosed he had submitted 54 sets of Rural Electricity Scheme (RES) applications to Sibu District Office in November 2019 for endorsement and hopefully, and all these 54 longhouses will enjoy electricity supply soon.

“Electricity supply is a basic requirement for the people of Sarawak.

“It is my wish that in year 2020, that every longhouse in Dudong constituency will be lit up via electricity supply instead of an electricity generator,” the Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) leader emphasised.

Meanwhile, Wong also thanked Minister of Utilities Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom for his assistance in providing electricity to Rumah Setia in Sungai Menyan, Sibu.

Wong revealed the reason Rumah Setia did not have electricity power is because it is situated 7km away from the main road.

He added that the former policy of Sarawak Energy was that a longhouse wishing to enjoy RES should not be situated more than one kilometre from the nearest electricity pole erected by Sarawak Energy.

“Due to this reason, all the while, Rumah Setia which is 7km from the main road, could not enjoy electricity supply until recently when Sarawak Energy’s new policy was introduced and Sarawak Energy agreed to supply electricity to Rumah Setia but the cost of installation is RM34,000.

“Minister of Utilities Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom waived the cost of installation under RES, and in October 2019, Rumah Setia officially started to receive electricity supply for the first time,” Wong disclosed. — DayakDaily