Efforts underway to turn Baram into a division — Penguang

Penguang (left) with Abang Johari (centre) in Marudi today (March 20, 2019).

By Lian Cheng

MARUDI, March 20: Marudi assemblyman Datu Dr Penguang Manggil said the ‘Baram Team’ is working hard to realise its vision to elevate Baram to be the 13th Division of Sarawak.

The Baram Team consists of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders in Baram, including Mulu assemblyman Dato Gerawat Gala,Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau and Baram MP Anyi Ngau as well as Penguang himself.

Penguang said the team would be preparing a proposal for the purpose.

“Baram Division, which I suggested, may include three districts, namely Marudi District, Beluru District and Telang Usan District,” said Penguang at the Marudi Waterfront Project Launch today.

Penguang, who is also Assistant Local Government Minister, said once Baram becomes a division, there would be strengthening in areas such as administration, allocation and infrastructure development.

Penguang thanked Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for approving projects such as the Marudi Bridge costing RM75.5 million, Slope Protection Project (RM3.7 million), Fort Hose Upgrading (RM2.1 million), Mini Industrial Estate (RM11 million), Miri-Marudi Road (RM77.4 million), and the Marudi-Long Terawan Road (RM43.5 million).

From left: Minister of Utilities Dato Sri Stephen Rundi, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, Samalaju assemblyman Majang Renggi, Anyi, Gerawat, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Abang Johari, Penguang, Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing. From right: Bekenu assemblywoman Rosey Yunus, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau on stage.

Meanwhile, Penguang said he was not perturbed by certain quarters who tried to instigate and object to the implementation of certain projects.

“In our effort to develop Marudi with the noble objective of uplifting the standard of living of the people of Marudi, there are unfortunately certain groups of people who are trying to instigate the rakyat to object to the implementation of certain projects in the name of championing for the people as well as alleging that by doing so, we are wasting people’s money, etc.

“These groups of people are there not only to confuse the rakyat but they are always there to create instability and disunity and to make the GPS government looks bad,” he remarked.

He assured that the Baram Team would not be shattered by such a strategy or change course. — DayakDaily