SMC chairman: Sibu should be able to get required funds for devt now with 2 MPs in unity govt

Clarence Ting

SIBU, Nov 30: More development funds are expected for Sibu as its two DAP MPs are in the government, says Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting.

In the 15th General Election (GE15), Oscar Ling and Alice Lau managed to retain their Sibu and Lanang seats respectively, with a convincing victory.

Both are now in their third term as MPs.

Speaking at SMC’s full board meeting today, its chairman Clarence Ting said the town is now well represented by elected representatives in the government as the four State Legislative Assembly (DUN) members are from Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

They are Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (Dudong), Joseph Chieng (Bukit Assek), Michael Tiang (Pelawan), and Datuk Dr Annuar Rapaee (Nangka) leaving Bawang Assan assemblyman Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh (Parti Bersatu Sarawak) as the only Opposition people’s representative.

“Now that our two MPs are in the unity government, we (SMC) should work with them together with the assemblymen to ensure that Sibu can get all the required funds” he said.

He further added that with the formation of the unity government, he hoped that his election manifesto would be carried out by the two MPs.

Ting, who had also contested in GE15 for Sibu seat but lost, had included among other things the upgrading of the airport road and improvement in the landscape of the town in his manifesto.

“We should have a meeting with the two MPs after the formation of the (Federal) cabinet and all departments (of the council) should present some requests to our MPs so that they can bring them up in Parliament,” he urged.

Separately, Ting said Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) has proposed 88 5G sites here.

“DNB has indicated to us that they will install 88 towers next year as they want SMC to support the project since these towers will be located in SMC’s areas,” he said.

With that, Sibu will be the fourth location after Kuching, Bintulu and Miri to have 5G internet service. — DayakDaily