It’s either dusty or slippery roads: Long Bedian rural community hopes for third option

Dennis debating TYT's speech during the DUS sitting on May 9, 2024. Photo credit: Ukas

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, May 9: Telang Usan assemblyman Datuk Dennis Ngau has requested road connectivity to be provided to link Long Bedian sub-district and its surrounding rural settlements.

For the rural settlements around Long Bedian, he said, the road conditions are perilous all year round.


“If it rains, it will be super slippery, and if it is the dry period, it will be super dusty: both posing great danger to road users.

“I therefore urge the relevant authority to prioritise providing safe road systems for our people to travel. I also seek needed government services for this sub district as it is part of the promises made under the Post-Covid Development Strategy 2030, which is under one of the seven enablers – basic infrastructure,” said Dennis when debating TYT’s speech at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUS) here today.

He said at least 200 kilometres of earth roads and log bridges built by timber companies for the past 30 years has been the only way that connects Long Bedian to the outside world.

At the same time, he called for attention to be given to the ‘Three Sisters Waterfall’ which to him bears great tourism potential, by providing basic facilities such as secured walk paths, recreational huts and toilets at the venue.

He deemed it necessary because the waterfall has been attracting nature lovers and their visits have stimulated the local economy, which in turn benefits the local community.

Dennis also took the opportunity to raise the long outstanding issue of unreasonably high water bills which his constituents at Long Lama have been hit with.

Despite several meetings with the relevant authorities, the issue has yet to be settled, leading him to raise the issue at DUS with the hope that the relevant authorities may come up with a solution to resolve the issue once and for all. — DayakDaily