Autonomous Rapid Transit sets to transform, boost mobility in Kota Samarahan including Asajaya

Abdul Karim (back row, third right) in a photo with new community leaders and tribal chiefs for Asajaya after the certificate presentation ceremony at a hotel on May 30, 2023.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 30: The establishment of the first depot for the Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) system in Kampung Rembus will bring about improved mobility and socio-economic growth not just in Kota Samarahan, but also in the surrounding areas, including Asajaya.

Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah highlighted the entire landscape of Kota Samarahan including Asajaya which is only a 20-minute drive away from Kuching, will change significantly.

“Infrastructure enhancements are planned for the next five years and this will open up and bring substantial advancement and development in the area.

“We are blessed to be in an area that is rapidly undergoing development,” he said at the appreciation ceremony for community leaders and tribal chiefs (Ketua Kaum) of N15 Asajaya held at a hotel here today.

Given the massive development to be seen in Kota Samarahan and particularly Asajaya, Abdul Karim stressed that community leaders and tribal chiefs (KMKK) play very crucial roles to serve their respective communities fairly, especially in proactively resolving issues, both minor and major, that arise and face by the people in rural areas.

“Be fair, impartial and serve without personal intention. This is crucial so that all the communities can be uplifted and benefit from all the developments and progress brought to the area.

“Do not wait for issues to escalate or be played up during elections especially. I hope you will carry out your duties responsibly to take care of your respective communities well,” he asserted.

Abdul Karim, who is also Asajaya assemblyman, noted the modest pay for KMKK, but emphasised that their sacrifices and hard work in serving the community would be recognised and appreciated.

Meanwhile, the ceremony served as an occasion to express appreciation and gratitude to outgoing community leaders and tribal chiefs for their dedicated services.

It also witnessed the presentation of appointment certificates to two new Pemancas, two new Penghulus whose terms will be effective until December 2024, four new tribal chiefs (effective until June 2026), and the reappointment of 14 community leaders. — DayakDaily