KUCHING, June 21: The Village Security and Development committees (JKKKs) in the state are now given the leeway to implement the Rural Transformation Project (RTP) worth up to RM200,000.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said that they would be allowed to implement any such project by themselves through the “gotong-royong” basis or engage with a registered contractor of their choice.
“This was decided during the state cabinet meeting recently. This is one of the ways to empower the JKKKs and to give them a greater control (and monitoring) over the project implementation of RTP, especially on the lesser technical projects,” he said.
Uggah disclosed this during a meeting with Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) members in Spaoh, held at Spaoh Community Hall, today.
According to Uggah, in order to assist them, technical agencies such as the Public Work Department (JKR) or the Drainage And Irrigation Department (DID) would be tasked with preparing the BQ (Bill of Quantities) for the projects for them.
He said the BQ would lay out the project and materials specifications, including construction scheduling, cost and many others.
“I hoped that the committee members would be able to play an active part in the implementation process until its completion, and on the same note, we also hope to hear and receive the last complaints from the ground regarding any shoddy works,” he said.
Meanwhile, Uggah who is also the Bukit Saban state assemblyman, called on the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) members to prepare themselves for the coming state election.
Uggah said that he is confident that the people in Spaoh will again remain as staunch supporters of the GPS’s state government because of its people oriented policy and also for a greater development in the rural areas.
“I believe they would reject the opposition parties such as the Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) or Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), which are also eyeing the seat,” he added.
Earlier on, Uggah, as Sarawak Minister of Agriculture Modernisation, Native Land and Regional Development, also visited a two-hectare site nearby Spaoh bridge, which is proposed for a showcase garden to promote fertigation farming in Spaoh.
His visit included visiting two longhouses in Nanga Paon in Ulu Paku and in Lempaong to personally inspect the damages on the bridges and road that was caused by the recent flood.
Uggah, who was accompanied by political secretary to the Chief Minister Dr Richard Rapu and Divisional PWD engineer Chiresly Francis Kureng, also met with the owners of eight shop premises which were damaged in a fire on February 4, 2019, during Chinese New Year Eve. –DayakDaily.