CM: RM7 mil district office and 27-acre town among development projects in Kabong

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, Sept 18: A new district office worth RM7 million and a 27-acre town are among several development projects which will take place in Kabong.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the new district office will be equipped with all the necessary facilities in order to provide more effective services to the people.

“Meanwhile, we will also develop the new Kabong town where we will have a new market, trading space for micro traders and a new housing area.

“These development plans will increase economic activities, services and tourism attractions in Kabong. It is necessary for Kabong to develop because it has already been upgraded into a full district.

“I think all these development plans in Kabong will be completed by 2023,” he told a press conference during a work visit in Kabong today.

Other development projects include the construction of a new community hall worth RM5.5 million which can cater for 300 people and a new mosque worth RM14 million.

“Similar to Darul Hana Mosque in Kuching, the new mosque will be equipped with a venue for ‘akad nikah’ (solemnisation). The mosque can accommodate up to 1,500 people while its hall can fit about 850 people,” he added.

Abang Johari also said the Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) will upgrade the water supply system in Kabong where its pipeline will be connected up to Hulu Roban.

“This project which costs about RM15 million will take place early next year and expected to complete by year end. Upon completion, it will benefit five longhouses in Hulu Roban,” he elaborated.

He also mentioned that he had instructed the State Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to conduct a technical feasibility study on developing canal in agricultural area in Kabong after learning that the area is experiencing terrible erosion.

The project cost will be determined later pending the study by DID but he believes that it will cost roughly around RM15 to RM30 million.

“I can see that Kabong will develop similar to Saratok with a corridor of organised buildings in line with our coastal road development. When this happens, we will be able to boost agriculture and economic activities from a spillover of our coastal road,” he emphasised. – DayakDaily