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By Jacob Achoi
SERIAN, Oct 16: A sum of RM35 million has been approved to develop 61.09 acres for the extension of Kg Gedong Baru, here.
The project will be undertaken by the Land and Survey Department to build 180 housing units, while another 107 units will be constructed by Housing Development Corporation (HDC).
According to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, who officiated at the ceremony, the project was approved by the State Planning Authority (SPA) in February this year.
“For the project, it will include road reserves, open spaces, residential lots and Rumah Spektra Permata by HDC, while the scope of works will include earth filling, water reticulation systems, concrete drains, premix roads and electricity supply,” he pointed out.
He added that the scope of work for the village extension programme was mooted by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to help the people.
Awang Tengah, who is also Second Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resources said many projects in Sarawak had to be delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and expressed his hope that the people understand the problem.
Awang Tengah also said that the State government was mindful of its obligation to help the people due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to him, the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) ruling coalition has spent RM5.3 billion for Bantuan Sarawak Ku Sayang (BKSS) 1 to 7.
“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many people were hard-hit. Some lost their jobs and it also affected many businesses.
“So on the part of the State government, we will continue to assist (the people),”he stressed.
He pointed out that next year, the State Budget will include allocations for BKSS 8.0, to continue helping the people.
In view of this, he said, Sarawak needs a very stable government to continue with the development programme and to look after the welfare of the people.
“For the State to have a stable government, we need the strong support of the people, irrespective of race and religion,” he added. — DayakDaily