All penghulu-led ar­eas in Marudi to have stan­dard­ised lo­cal rules

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MIRI: All ar­eas headed by penghu­lus in Marudi con­stituency will have stan­dard­ised lo­cal rules and laws to en­sure there is no dis­par­ity between the many long­houses and vil­lages therein.

Marudi assem­bly­man Datu Dr Pen­guang Mang­gil told a press con­fer­ence here yes­ter­day that long­houses in Marudi had their own lo­cal rules and laws, with dif­fer­ent penal­ties im­posed on the of­fend­ers.

“I want to stan­dard­ise and har­monise th­ese rules, in terms of cul­ture and laws in all ar­eas hav­ing penghu­lus to avoid di­s­pair­i­ties. We also need to im­ple­ment a stan­dard­ised lo­cal rules,” he said af­ter chair­ing a spe­cial meet­ing with lo­cal com­mu­nity lead­ers at Miri City Coun­cil premises here yes­ter­day.

As an ex­am­ple, he said, the dif­fer­ent long­houses now had dif­fer­ent penal­ties for the same of­fence but once th­ese rules were stan­dard­ised, all long­houses would have the same kind of penalty for sim­i­lar of­fences.

Pen­guang also re­minded all com­mu­nity lead­ers in his con­stituency to be­have well and play role model for the peo­ple un­der their care.

“What you do and not able to do, please be re­minded that you are role mod­els. You must be­have well, not only when tak­ing care of your ar­eas but also how you carry your­self,” he said.

On an­other de­vel­op­ment, Pen­guang said he had taken steps to ad­dress the is­sue of schools in Marudi with in­suf­fi­cient num­ber of stu­dents.

“In Beluru, there will be three cen­tralised schools and this will be done in three phases,” he said.

Phase I will in­volve three schools, namely SK Beluru Cen­tral, SK Sun­gai Biar and SK Sun­gai Selepin.

“We had a very pro­duc­tive di­a­logue about this re­cently, and I am happy to note that most, if not all, agreed for th­ese schools to be cen­tralised at SK Beluru Cen­tral.

“This is for the good of all, be­cause by cen­tral­is­ing th­ese schools the govern­ment will be able to fo­cus its en­ergy and re­sources to pro­vide the best fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing hos­tels and board­ing houses for the stu­dents. We will also be able to max­imise the ex­per­tise of the teach­ers.”

Schools to be cen­tralised un­der phase 2 are SK Sun­gai Seputi, SK Sun­gai Ke­labit, SK Sun­gai Laong and SK Sun­gai Bakas.

“For this phase, I will ask the help of a task force as well as use the ser­vice of com­mu­nity lead­ers and coun­cil­lors to iden­tify a cen­tral lo­ca­tion for the four schools, which would ma­te­ri­alise in 2020 or 2021.”

Schools for phase 3 are SK Sun­gai Buri, SK Le­pong Ajai, SK Sun­gai Liam and SK En­tu­lang. They will be cen­tralised at SK Sun­gai En­tu­lang.

At the same func­tion, he dis­trib­uted cheques to­talling RM155,000 to 10 long­houses in Marudi.

The al­lo­ca­tions are for projects car­ried out un­der the Prime Min­is­ter’s Spe­cial Fund­ing Projects 2017.

“To­day, we are giv­ing out the fi­nal pay­ment for the Prime Min­is­ters Spe­cial Fund­ing Project which was an­nounced be­fore the 2016 elec­tion.

“This is part of the RM3 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion set aside for 59 projects in to­tal,” he added.

Nanta (front sev­enth left) is seen dur­ing a pho­to­call af­ter the clos­ing cer­e­mony. On his right is As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Women, Fam­ily and Child­hood De­vel­op­ment Rosey Yunus.

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