Marudi poised to benefit from oil and gas mining activities

Datu Penguang Manggil

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Dec 7: The mining of oil and gas in Marudi is expected to bring more revenue to the State coffer and will indirectly bring benefits to the people of Marudi and the whole Baram area, said Marudi assemblyman Datu Dr Penguang Manggil.

As such, he said, it was paramount to him to work hard now to prepare for the district to welcome Petros (Petroleum Sarawak Berhad) as well as workers to have better infrastructure in the whole constituency and the whole of lower Baram region.

“What we have been doing is to lay down the foundation for multiple investments through the construction of the new Miri-Marudi Road, Marudi-Ng Melinau (near Gunung Mulu Natinal Park), Long Panai to Long Kama, and to connect Ng Melinau to Limbang.

“At the same time we expect the mining activities will provide more job opportunities and spin off for the economic well-being of the local communities,” Penguang told DayakDaily here today.

Additionally, Penguang said he has been working and will continue to work hard in his first term in office in order to improve the infrastructure, provide the needy utilities in stressed areas, ICT networks, enhanced agriculture and other socio-economic activities and the well-being of the people in N76 Marudi.

“We will continue to work extra hard to bring in more infrastructure such as roads and other facilities like internet connectivity. This way we are paving the way for more projects to come to Marudi district,” said Penguang.

He was commenting on recent report that the Sarawak government has issued mining leases for Petros, to carry out mining of oil and gas in two fields, both of which are located in Marudi constituency. The two leases were for the Adong Kecil West field and the Engkabang block.

On related issue, Penguang who is also the Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing said, with the coming of more investment to Marudi, it will auger well for the future of the district to be elevated into a division. — DayakDaily