Rep: Ngemah to get new market, existing market to be upgraded

Anyi (right) receives a souvenir from former Penghulu, Kunsu Belayong.

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By William Isau

SIBU, June 25: A new market has been proposed to be built in Ngemah while the existing Nanga Ngemah Market will be upgraded.

According to Ngemah assemblyman Anyi Jana, the proposed new market will be built at the intersection of the new Sungai Ngemah bridge.

He said the existing market, which has been around since the 1950s, is dilapidated and needs to be upgraded.

The assemblyman added that the new market is currently in the planning stage.

“Once the market is upgraded, we are thinking of building the waterfront there to attract visitors,” he said after officiating at a Majlis Ngiling Bidai at Gereja Methodist Iban Sibu Jaya last night (June 24).

The market, located approximately 40km from Kanowit and 20km from Song, is a famous stopover for travellers passing through.

However, the market lacks basic infrastructure such as roads, clean water, electricity supply, and telecommunication services.

He also disclosed that various plans had been considered to further develop the economy, especially in agriculture and fisheries.

In last month’s Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting, Anyi has brought up the issue of the Nanga Ngemah Market being in dire need of an upgrade.

Meanwhile, he urged students in his constituency to apply for a one-off education fund through his Ngemah Service Centre.

The education fund, he said, is to help students further their studies.

“Those going for diploma course will receive RM500, degree RM1,000, and masters RM1,500,” he said.

Besides that, those who excel in their SPM examination can also apply for an incentive.

“For SPM graduates who get 4As and above, they can send a copy of their SPM result slip to apply for the incentive.

“I hoped that the fund would help to some extent meet the needs of the children in the Ngemah constituencies to finance their education,” he said. — DayakDaily