MIRI, July 7: The state government has set aside RM47 million to provide clean water to folk living in Sepupok Niah, Bekenu and Lambir, all in Sibuti constituency.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said, “I hope we would be able to resolve water supply woes in these areas as soon as possible.”
He said this at the Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house held at Miri Indoor Stadium this Saturday afternoon.
Abang Johari and his wife, Datin Patinggi Dato Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, were earlier at Batu Niah community hall, located some 65km from the city, for the ‘Melanggar Meja’ event.
In his speech at the Hari Raya gathering, Abang Johari again reiterated the state’s struggles to take back the state’s rights.
“As Tok Nan’s (the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem) successor, I will continue his struggles to fight for Sarawak’s right.
“Way before the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA74), we already have the Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO) 1958. As such, national oil company, Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), is bound by the OMO,” he declared.
Abang Johari added that this matter would be discussed in the forthcoming State Legislative Assembly.
Thirty-seven Islamic non-governmental organisations (NGOs) joined hands to organise the Hari Raya open house, which managed to attract about 2,500 people. Thirty-five food and beverages stalls were set up inside the stadium.
Also present were Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, his assistant Datuk Lee Kim Shin, Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni, Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting, Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat, Bekenu assemblywoman Rosey Yunus, Miri Resident Sherrina Hussaini, Miri mayor Adam Yii, Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon and the event’s organising chairman, Razali Allision.