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By Jacob Achoi
KUCHING, Nov 15: Kampung Sapit in upper Padawan will have a better village road and a decent place of worship soon.
Construction on both projects which cost a total of RM350,000 will start this month and will take four months to complete.
Assistant Minister of Transport Datuk Dr Jerip said both projects are under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) and will be built simultaneously.
According to him, RM200,000 is allocated to upgrade the village road, while RM150,000 is for the chapel project.
“The RTP projects today are not the last, with more to come in the future to help the villagers,” Dr Jerip said, adding that among the projects is the construction of lanes leading to individual houses.
He said this among when witnessing the handing over of projects to two different contractors.
Dr Jerip said several projects have also been planned for the village which has great tourism potential, to help the villagers.
“The village, which is about 700 feet above sea level has great tourism potential, particularly concerning nature and with that in mind, we will bring more development to the area,” Dr Jerip pointed out.
Hw said a border post has also been approved for the village, which is on the border with West Kalimantan.
At the moment, several Kampung Sapit residents have already ventured into offering homestays, among them, the Kiyau Campsite, which started operation about three weeks ago.
Present at the event were Sarawak Administrative Officer (SAO) from Padawan sub-district office Julius Scott Sapong, Public Works Department (JKR) Kuching Engineer (Public) Phua Ye Li and his assistant William Kuyang, and village chiefs from nearby villages. — DayakDaily