By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, Feb 24: The 21-door Rumah Alo Anak Riang in Sungai Dulang, Ulu Suai, now has access to 24-hour electricity, thanks to the Rural Electrification Scheme (RES).
Minister of Utilities Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi today went to the longhouse, located about a 2-hour drive from the city, to launch the project, which was completed in October last year.
The RM1.4 million RES initiative is fully funded by the state government, was implemented by the Sarawak Energy Berhad and benefitted about 80 people.
Before the project was implemented, the longhouse dwellers depended on a generator for electricity.
“It is part of the state government’s effort to electrify areas without electricity, especially those in the rural areas,” said Dr Rundi, who is Kemena assemblyman.
This latest success means that seven RES projects costing RM11 million and benefitting 187 households in Subis district have been completed.
Four similar projects are underway in Suai, Niah, while two at the planning stage.
Longhouse chief, Tuai Rumah Alo Riang, when met after the launching, expressed his gratitude to the state government for bringing round-the-clock electricity to his village.
Also present at the launching ceremony were Sarawak Energy vice president (Rural Electrification) Dr Chen Shiun and the Ministry of Utilities’ Electricity Supply director Syed Mohd Fauzi Shahab. — DayakDaily