Deputy Premier: Spaoh gearing up for major devt boost in 2024

Uggah (front row, third right), joined by his wife Doreen (second left), Dr Richard (second right), and Richard Abunawas (first right) visiting a stall selling Iban costumes at the event.

SPAOH, Dec 9: Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas announced that the Spaoh sub-district is set to witness significant development with several major projects scheduled for next year.

These projects, initiated by the Betong Division Development Agency (BDDA), include the construction of ten new shop lots, a futsal field, a food court area, and the improvement of farm roads.

Speaking at the Spaoh mini-festival held at the community hall, Uggah shared details about these forthcoming projects.

He stated that the Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA) would oversee the construction of new shop lots near the actively progressing RM30 million Spaoh Bridge.

“We want to have more commercial facilities to expand Spaoh town as we aim to attract more visitors and boost the local economy,” Uggah explained.

Additionally, Uggah identified a site for a futsal field project costing RM450,000, while a new food court area, estimated at RM5 million, will be constructed near the new Spaoh market to accommodate increased visitors.

Moreover, a budget of RM30 million has been allocated to build new or upgrade existing farm roads, aiming to provide farmers with better access to their lands and encourage agropreneurship.

Uggah highlighted that the Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (SALCRA) would undertake a cattle breeding project in Spaoh.

“We have the RM 286 million Bebuling STOLport to help in marketing to outside markets. This STOLPORT construction is expected to be completed next year,” he added.

Emphasising the State government’s commitment to rural development, Uggah concluded, “When all of this is done, we would be helping rural folks to have regular income sources. It is, after all, the GPS’ objective to bring more development and progress to rural areas.”

Betong MP Dr Richard Rapu, highlighted the purpose of the mini festival as strengthening relationships and unity through social activities, sports, and games.

The event also featured a mini-development exhibition by government departments and agencies to inform the public about their functions and services.

Uggah’s wife, Dato Doreen Mayang, Betong Resident Richard M Abunawas, Betong District Officer Alfred Galing, and mini-festival organising chairman Lister Clement Guwie were among those present at the function. — DayakDaily