Federation receives RM145,000 for its programmes to unite and develop Orang Ulu community

Gerawat (fifth left) at the Forum's 8th Biennial Delegates Conference Dinner on Saturday at the Meritz Hotel in Miri. Photo credit: Ukas

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MIRI, April 5: The Federation of Orang Ulu Associations of Sarawak Malaysia (Forum) has received a RM145,000 minor rural project (MRP) grant, according to Deputy Minister in the Sarawak Premier’s Department (Labour, Immigration, and Project Monitoring) Dato Gerawat Gala.

According to the Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas), Gerawat stated that the grant is a show of support for Forum programmes and activities aimed at the unification and development of the Orang Ulu.

“The Deputy Premier of Sarawak, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, as our senior leader in government and the Supreme Leader of the Dayaks in government, always fully supports Forum programmes and activities that focus on the unification and development of the Orang Ulu.

“As a result, Uggah contributed an RM50,000 MRP grant allocation for Forum.

“Our Orang Ulu Representatives also contribute to Forum’s efforts and activities by allocating their respective MRP grants to Forum,” he said on behalf of Uggah at Forum’s 8th Biennial Delegates Conference Dinner on Saturday (Apr 2) at the Meritz Hotel in Miri.

Gerawat also stated that the Orang Ulu community fully supports the government’s plan to construct a Border Security Road.

“We sincerely hope that this border security road becomes a reality, as it will undoubtedly create numerous opportunities for rural communities located near the Sarawak-Kalimantan border,” he said.

He went on to say that it is critical to construct Border Security Roads and to establish and upgrade border control posts in strategic locations along the Kalimantan border.

“This is in light of the most recent developments in Kalimantan, where President Jokowi launched Nusantara, Indonesia’s new capital,” he explained. — DayakDaily