SRI AMAN, August 10: The state government plans to upgrade rural access roads, build more sports and recreational facilities, and other infrastructure projects in Pantu.
The government also hoped to get relevant agencies to erect more telecommunication towers in Pantu for better Internet access, said Datuk Snowdan Lawan, Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports, when opening Pesta Pantu 2018 here recently,
On the festival, Snowdan, who is also Balai Ringin assemblyman, noted that the response had been encouraging, with over 4,000 people turning up to patronise the 50 booths peddling agricultural products, food, and handicraft items, among others.
The organisers also throw in the following to attract the crowd: drawing competition for school children, mini-sports carnival, a mini concert featuring local singers Timothy and Leezuizita.
There was also a `Ratu Etnik’ beauty pageant. Elvyna Edwin from Sri Aman was adjudged the fairest of the 15 contestants, and she went home RM800 richer. Martina Huang came in second (RM600), while Marvis Rirak was placed third (RM400).
The participating agencies in the festival were Land and Survey Department, Giat Mara, Fire and Rescue Department, Road Transport Department, Sri Aman Welfare Department, Pemadam, and State Health Department.
A highlight of the opening ceremony was the handing over of Certificate of Appointment to community leaders from Pantu. Snowdan presented these certificates to Penghulu Entika Senan, `Tuai Rumah’ (TR) Judi Inau, TR Tingga Medang, TR Hearold Ernest, TR Mordi Jeni, TR Bugak Bunsi and Kapitan Lee Pin Jin.
Also present at the opening ceremony were Sri Aman district officer Ismawie Salleh and Pantu state administrative officer Mohammad Firdaus. — DayakDaily