Spaoh gets RM30 million facelift

Uggah (third right) participates in the tossing of the Yee Sang at the dinner.

SPAOH, Feb 23: The quaint Spaoh town in Betong will get a facelift through RM30 million worth of development projects, which included a waterfront beautification project, sports complex and a new bridge.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said other projects included a new sub-district office building, a communication tower in Luban and upgrade of the Spaoh waterfront. The bridge project will cross Sungai Spoah.

“Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is expected to launch these project during his two-day visit to Betong on next month (March 11),” he said at a Chinese New Year gathering organised by Spaoh Tiong Hua Association here on Friday.

Uggah added that a discussion will be held to build a new shophouse building to replace the nine shoplots destroyed by fire on the eve of Chinese New Year celebration earlier this month.

Other projects in in frame included an incubation centre to train agropreneurs.

“These projects proved that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government is not neglecting rural areas in its efforts to bring progress and prosperity statewide.

“We are confident the incubation centre will be the starting point to train and produce more agropreneurs. We want rural folks to have better and stable sources of income using their land,” said Uggah.

The Bukit Saban assemblyman also called on the people in Betong to support Abang Johari’s development initiative. Since becoming chief minister, he had introduced 65 initiatives to benefit the people.

Uggah (third left) presenting the RM40,000 cheque for the Spaoh shop fire victims to Penghulu Goh.

At the event, Uggah announced a grant totalling RM215,000 for various associations and SJKC Spaoh, which inlcuded RM40,000 for the Spaoh shophouse fire victims.

Betong MP Datuk Robert Lawson Chuat, who was also present, announced the same amount to the affected families. — DayakDaily