Turn Sa­malaju into a district — Ma­jang

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KUCH­ING: There is an ur­gent need to turn Sa­malaju into a district in or­der to smoothen the ur­ban­i­sa­tion process of this in­dus­trial cen­tre whose pop­u­la­tion is ex­pected to reach 30,000 by 2020.

Ma­jang Renggi ( BN- Sa­malaju) said Sa­malaju In­dus­trial Park, which comes un­der Sarawak Cor­ri­dor of Re­new­able En­ergy (SCORE), has at­tracted some RM30 bil­lion worth of in­vest­ment.

“We need to up­grade Sa­malaju into a district so that we can pro­vide the nec­es­sary sup­port ser­vices to en­sure that the park can move smoothly to­wards in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion,” he said in his de­bate in sup­port of the state bud­get yes­ter­day.

He also stressed the need for a more ef­fi­cient ser­vice for sched­uled waste man­age­ment for the park which in­volved heavy in­dus­tries such as alu­mini­umsmelt­ing, sil­i­con-based and fer­roal­loy.

“As such, I would like to sug­gest that the state gov­ern­ment build a sched­uled waste re­cov­ery plant at Sa­malaju In­dus­trial Park as a long- term ef­fort to tackle sched­uled wastes from these heavy in­dus­tries,” he said.

Ma­jang also high­lighted the ur­gent need for Sa­malaju to have its own health/med­i­cal clinic to cater to the in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion be­cause the near­est hos­pi­tals are in Bin­tulu about 60km away and Miri Hos­pi­tal about 150km away.

“I would also like to re­quest that a pri­mary and se­condary school be built at the new Sa­malaju New Town­ship to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties for the in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion,” he said, adding that the gov­ern­ment had ap­proved a new pri­mary and se­condary to be built at Mile 30 Bin­tulu-Miri Road.

He also hoped that the 4km Ulu Sun­gai Suai road be up­graded to pro­vide bet­ter ac­ces­si­bil­ity to res­i­dents from 19 long­houses, five vil­lages, four pri­mary schools and a health clinic. He also high­lighted the squat­ting prob­lem in Sa­malaju due to the in­creas­ing in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion in the area.

“There is an ur­gent need for the gov­ern­ment to pro­vide more af­ford­able houses in Sa­malaju to ad­dress the in­creas­ing num­ber of squat­ters es­pe­cially at Sg Plan, along Bin­tulu-Tan­jung Kidurong road and Tan­jung KidurongBakam road,” he said.

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