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By Nur Ashikin Louis
PUSA, June 3: Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has agreed to approve an allocation of about RM50 million to implement the construction of the Pusa Link Road.
He said Betong MP Dr Richard Rapu and Batang Lupar MP Mohamad Shafizan Kepli had briefed him that the link road would connect the new Pusa District Office to Pusa town with a bigger and more comfortable road.
“I asked your MPs how much the project cost, and they said about RM50 million, which is the ceiling price for projects carried out by Sarawak Public Works Department (JKR).
“If it is RM50 million, then okay-lah (sic), we will develop the road,” he said when officiating the Gawai-Raya event for Batang Lupar parliamentary level held at Tandang Sampound here today.
He also said that the newly-elevated Pusa District would have a new administration complex equipped with the latest IT facilities.
At the same time, Abang Johari mentioned he had received a request for the the development of four mosques and two surau in Batang Lupar, which are short of RM10.4 million.
“I will check first if we have the allocation.
“Another thing is that we would have to conduct together with the Resident Office, District Office and the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) on identifying the construction of mosques at divisional or district levels.
“This is because the development of mosques has its levels. State mosques shall be like this (sic), divisional mosques shall have a certain price range and design, while district mosques would have a certain design, but it must not be more grandeur than the divisional mosque. We have to follow the procedure.
“However, of course, a district mosque must be higher than a village mosque, and every division has been given its allocation,” he emphasised.
Amongst those present were Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas who is also Betong Division Development Agency chairman, Deputy Sarawak Secretary (Economic and Development Planning) Datu Dr Muhammad Abdullah Zaidel, Batang Lupar MP Shafizan Mohd Kepli, Betong MP Richard Rapu, Beting Maro assemblyman Razaili Gapor, Saribas assemblyman Mohd Razi Sitam, Lingga assemblywoman Dayang Noorazah Awang Sohor and Betong Resident Richard Michael Abunawas. — DayakDaily