Pelagus rep: Lack of infrastructure endangering rural students’ lives and education

Wilson Nyabong Ijang (file pic)

By Christopher Lidom

KUCHING, May 23: Students are forced to walk through jungle and paddle boats for hours, cross dangerous ravines, rivers and face many other dangers just to get an education due to lack of infrastructure, says Pelagus assemblyman Wilson Nyabong Ijang.

Nyabong said some school students even wake up at 4am daily to get ready to catch a van and travel for 2 hours to attend school, only reaching home after school at 6pm.

All this happens because the roads are bad, he pointed out. Nyabong asserted all these issues will be solved if the road connectivity is improved as soon as possible but what had been highlighted by the honourable members in the
august House are sick projects.

Nyabong said this while debating the Sarawak Governor’s speech at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting here today.

At the same time, he urged the implementing government agencies and stakeholders to find out the root cause of these sick projects.

He pointed out that the spike cost of construction materials by at least 30 per cent or more could affect the implementation of infrastructure projects in Sarawak especially in rural areas.

“Everyone talks about building roads, which will act as the catalyst for economic growth. I stand firm behind that belief.

“But the immediate downstream benefits of well constructed infrastructure is education,” he added. — DayakDaily