By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, Nov 29: Kuala Rajang assemblyman Datu Len Talif Salleh is unperturbed with news of the opposition trying to make inroad in his constituency as he has been serving his people consistently even before he joined politics.
Len, who was a former Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) general manager before venturing into politics has been instrumental in developing Tanjung Manis as one of the State’s industrial hubs.
“Before I ventured into politics, I have been serving the people in my area. And since I joined active politics, I have been servicing my kawasan consistently every weekend even during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period since March 18, 2020,” Len told DayakDaily today.
Len, said his immediate task now is to provide quality basic amenities to more than 100 villages and longhouses in his constituency.
“Most of the longhouses and villages in Kuala Rajang are now connected by road. On top of that most of these settlements have been connected with water, electricity and internet connectivity.” he said.
In the next five years, he hoped to further improve these facilities for his people.
“What is important is to gradually provide a much better quality of infrastructure to the people in my constituency,” he stressed.
To improve the road network in Kuala Rajang further, Len said the short-cut to link between Sarikei and Tanjung Manis would be further improved in the next two years when the 17km Pasi-Serdeng Road is completed.
“The road project which started will cut short the journey from Sarikei to Tanjung Manis by one and half hours when the road is scheduled for completion in 2022,” said Len.
Additionally, the road will also include a bridge crossing the Batang Rajang near Pasi with a total distance of 1.2km.
“This will be the third bridge crossing Batang Rajang after the Durin and Lanang Bridges,” said Len, adding that the total cost of the project is RM312 million.
Len disclosed that works on the road project has started and once completed, it will further enhance road connectivity along the coastal area.
He said whenever he visit his constituency, he preferred to drive in order to better understand the needs of the local people especially the areas he would pass through from Kuching to Sarikei.
“With better understanding of the needs of the people on the ground, we can plan better what the State government can further improve the livelihood of the people in general,” said Len, who is also Assistant Minister of Urban Development and Resources.
Meanwhile, Len who is from Kampung Rajang and his wife from Belawai said his election machinery is ever ready to face his opponent.
“Our election machinery is ever ready to face whoever,” added Len. — DayakDaily