By D’Drift Team
BINTULU, July 1: The upgrading of 18km Pasai Siong Hilir and Pasai Siong Tengah Road which cost RM17 million will be completed by next year.
Tamin assemblyman Christopher Gira said this road upgrading project was scheduled to be completed by this year. However, due to Movement Control Order and the subsequent movement restrictions, the project will only be ready by first quarter of next year.
Apart from Pasai Siong Road, other projects under the RM57 million Selangau People’s Project announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in his May 2018 walkabout are all on the way to completion.
Citing the example of the RM20 million Rumah Ado Road in Tatau, Christopher said the road is now under construction.
Another project, the RM5 million Selangau Waterfront project will be ready by next year while the RM5 million Selangau new district office which was expected to be completed by this year has been delayed by MCO. The new date of completion is first quarter of next year.
The RM8 million Selangau Mini Sport Complex, which was awarded beginning of the year, however, will only be starting its construction this month.
“The road linking Bawang and Kemena, however, has been completed. So is the building of Dewan SJKC Tong Ah,” said the first term assemblyman.
Apart from the People’s Project announced by Abang Johari, Christopher said four abandoned logging tracks in Tamin constituency will be upgraded to be tar-sealed roads to provide physically connectivity for the longhouse folks in the area.
These four logging tracks which are in Ulu Selangau (8km), Ulu Mukah (50km), Ulu Oya (12km) and Ulu Pakoh (10km) respectively and they are being upgraded under the Rural Transformation Project (RTP).
“The upgrading of these four logging roads are requests from the people. These projects are of utmost importance. The upgrading of these roads are partially done.
“More funds are needed to complete the upgrade of these logging roads and I am now in the midst of raising the necessary funds from both state and federal governments,” Christopher told D’Drift team today.
He said it was crucial for these logging tracks to be upgraded as development would be impossible if longhouse settlements were not linked to neigbouring areas which have already been developed or are open.
Christoper said the vibrant economic activities in Selangau had leapfrogged its development, from a small Iban settlement into a township.
“It is my hope that Selangau will grow in no time to be a full-fledged town,” said Christopher.—DayakDaily