State govt approves RM60 mln for alternative water supply in Tubau

Kennedy (third right) in a group photo with Abang Johari (centre), Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing (third left) and Jelalong Tubau Action Committee members during a courtesy call on the chief minster last Friday (March 13, 2020).

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By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, March 17: The Sarawak government has approved an allocation of RM60 million to construct an alternative water supply for 3,600 people in Tubau, revealed Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chukpai Ugon.

He said the allocation was approved by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg during his courtesy call on the latter last Friday (March 13).

“We are very thankful to the chief minister for his understanding on the needs of the people of Tubau. With the allocation, the people of Tubau will have better water supply soon,” Kennedy told DayakDaily today.

He said the water supply project will be implemented by the Upper Rajang Development Agency (Urda).

On another issue, the first-term assemblyman expressed optimism that Tubau will be elevated into a sub-district which will be administered under Sungai Asap which will be upgraded into a full district.

Currently, Tubau is under Sebauh district which is under Bintulu Division, while the Sungai Asap sub-district is under Belaga district, which in turn is under Kapit division.

“Because of that, I have requested the chief minister to place Tubau under Sungai Asap so that it can be administered under one division. This way, we hoped that both Tubau and Sungai Asap will get more allocations when they are upgraded into a sub-district and a full district respectively,” Kennedy disclosed. — DayakDaily