Ngemah rep promises to push for bridge over Rajang River

Alexander Vincent ... a promise to push for bridge over Rajang River

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Dec 4: Ngemah assemblyman Alexander Vincent has pledged that he would continue to seek the necessary funding to build the bridge across Rajang River that would connect Kanowit Town and Sedaya which has a population of some 5,000 people.

He said he has on few occasions requested from the State government to build it but it could not be implemented as it is considered not a high-priority project.

“In fact, I have requested from Minister of Infrastructure and Port Development Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, who is also the chairman of Urda (Ulu Rajang Development Agency) to build the bridge. But currently, Urda does not have the necessary fund to carry out such a project,” Alexander told DayakDaily here today.

On the public amenities in Ngemah, Alexander who is a one-term assemblyman said, his constituents have been enjoying about 80 per cent of water, electricity and road connectivity.

“Currently, we are implementing a road connecting Ngungun to Jagau with a distance of 22km. Works on Phase1 has begun and is expected to be completed in two years’ time. Once Phase1 is completed then we will proceed with Phase 2,” he said, adding that the total cost of the road is estimated to be RM170 mil, including the cost of constructing bridges.

Alexander disclosed that since he was elected in 2011, he has been serving all the 300 plus longhouses in his area.

“It is a vast area with so many isolated longhouses. That makes it very challenging. But we will continue to offer our best services to the people,” he said.

On the coming State election, he is optimistic that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), of which his party, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) is a component will score a major victory.

“Yes, we can win,” he said. – DayakDaily