Mambong area set for major transformation, declares Deputy Minister

Pemanca Raymond Jihap (seven right) presenting a letter signed by the community leaders and village chiefs to Dr Jerip to elevate Padawan sub-district office into a full district as Norleha (sixth right) and other community leaders look on.

by Jacob Achoi

KUCHING, Feb 22: A significant transformation is on the horizon for the Mambong area, poised to revolutionse the lives of its residents, announced Deputy Minister of Transport (Aviation and Roads) Datuk Dr Jerip Susil.

Dr Jerip highlighted the imminent development of a growth center in Bayur, slated to evolve into a new township, alongside the advancement of Borneo Highland, positioning the region as Kuching city’s crown jewel.

Furthermore, the ongoing elevation of Padawan sub-district to full district status promises further enhancement for the area.

“With the development unfolding in Borneo Highland, the emergence of the new township in Bayur led by the Greater Kuching Coordinated Development Agency (GKCDA) and private sector, and the region’s inclusion in the Sarawak Delta Geopark (SGDp), local prospects are set for a paradigm shift,” he said today.

He underscored the importance for locals to strategise on leveraging this transformation for their benefit.

Dr Jerip made these remarks during the appointment letter presentation to 10 village chiefs from Batu Kitang, Stakan, and Mambong constituencies, whose terms were extended at a ceremony held at the Padawan sub-district office.

The Mambong assemblyman disclosed that RM3 million from GKCDA has been allocated to install street lighting along Jalan Borneo Height from the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) to Kampung Anah Rais.

Furthermore, Dr Jerip proposed the name ‘Kota Penrissen’ for the new township.

Kuching Resident Norleha Shariff, present at the ceremony, expressed support for elevating Padawan sub-district into a full district, expressing hope for its realisation within one or two years.

In October last year, Dr Jerip had announced the formation of a task force to explore the elevation of Padawan sub-district into a full district.

Padawan currently boasts a population of approximately 69,000, 10 schools, 12 government agencies, and 62 villages. — DayakDaily