Expanded Selangau New Township plan to be submitted to SPU for approval in near future

The existing Selangau town. (Photo by DayakDaily)

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Dec 1: The proposed Selangau New Township plan will be presented to the State Planning Unit (SPU) for approval in the near future.

Natural Resources and Urban Development Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the ministry has reviewed the proposed plan which was approved by the SPU.

“The proposed plan after review has been expanded to approximately 1,099 acres, taking into account the needs of the population of 2030.

“It has also taken into consideration the impact of development following the realignment of Pan Borneo Highway project,” said Awang Tengah during his ministerial winding up speech at State Legislative Assembly (DUN) here today.

Awang Tengah who is also Deputy Premier said the proposed plan include development components such as commercial and service amenities; industrial, institutional and community facilities, basic infrastructure as well as the development of open spaces and recreational areas.

“This proposed development plan has gone through a verification process and a discussion session with technical agencies and representatives of local residents.

“It will be presented to the State Planning Unit for approval in the near future,” said Awang Tengah.

Awang Tengah said this in response to Tamin assemblyman Christopher Gira’s request for the building of a new township in Selangau in view of rapid development especially due to the oil palm industry.

“Selangau town has become crowded at the moment. Therefore, Selangau town needs to expand to cater to its increasing population. Hence I would like to appeal to the government to establish the Selangau New Township in the future,” said Gira when debating on the Sarawak Budget 2023 in DUN recently. — DayakDaily