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KUCHING, Aug 5: Dudong assemblyman Dato Sri Tiong King Sing hopes the Sarawak Premier will consider establishing a development agency dedicated to the Sibu region.
“The Sibu region is one of the earliest places settled in Sarawak, covering large areas, and acts as a travel hub connecting other districts.
“It is my belief that the Central District should also have such a development agency to serve state constituencies under Sibu such as Dudong, Nangka, Bukit Assek, Pelawan, Bawang Assan, and other State seats,” he said.
He also said the development agency must be staffed with professionals who understand Sibu’s needs.
While sustainable and robust development in the Central Region will benefit Sarawak’s future, he said it must not exclude Sibu, which is a part of it.
“Therefore, I urge the Premier of Sarawak to consider these suggestions and include Sibu in the development blueprint of the State so that it may fulfil its potential and flourish,” said Tiong in a statement today.
Tiong, who is also Bintulu MP, said the Rajang Delta Development Agency (RADDA), under the purview of its chairman Datu Len Talif Salleh, had announced its development plans but only included part of the Sibu region.
“The issue with his announcement is that the 11 State constituencies to be covered under the Sarikei and Mukah divisions only include a small part of Sibu and could alienate other constituencies within Sibu.
“This must be relooked as it would fail to drive the development of the whole Central Region, especially Sibu, which needs many forms of infrastructure and improvements to living standards,” he added. — DayakDaily