Electricity supply just a ‘name’ away for 134 folks in Senadin constituency

Dr Abdul Rahman (fourth from left), Lee (on Abdul Rahman's left) and others at the meeting.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, April 18: A total of 134 residents from two areas in Senadin constituency will soon receive electricity supply under the Additional or Late Applicant Fund (ALAF) — a fully-funded Sarawak government project.

These two areas are Kampung Senadin Jaya (with 39 residents) and Tudan Desaras (95 residents).

In giving this assurance during a working visit-cum-briefing session at the Sarawak Islamic Complex here yesterday, Assistant Minister of Rural Electricity Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the initiative would be implemented in stages.

During a meeting with some 50 affected residents from those two places, Dr Abdul Rahman also explained to them that some federal projects that had been approved previously could not be implemented as they had been shelved by the Pakatan Harapan-led government.

“Several projects were slashed by the current federal government. So, the Sarawak government has taken over some of these projects with its own fundings as we cared about the needs of the rakyat,” he said.

Hence, for the electricity supply project, he advised Kampung Senadin Jaya and Tudan Desaras folk to extend their cooperation by submitting their names to facilitate the implementation process.

“Please submit your names as soon as possible to your respective village heads so that we can process your applications immediately,” he assured.

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin, who was also present, urged the residents not to chase away government representatives when they go to the ground to collect names for ALAF.

Lee regretted that several of his staff were chased away by the villagers when they offered to help them get registered for the project.

“Don’t listen to seditious talks and baseless allegations. We want to help you all get electricity supply,” he emphasised.

Earlier, Dr Abdul Rahman visited Bekenu for a similar event, where 426 applications were received under Subis district. — DayakDaily