Machan rep high­lights public util­ity ac­cess in de­bate

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THERE is a press­ing need for more ac­cess to public util­i­ties in Machan.

In de­bat­ing the state bud­get at the DUN sit­ting yes­ter­day, Al­lan Si­den Gra­mong ( BN-Machan) pointed out the lack of road con­nec­tiv­ity in his con­stituency.

“It is very im­por­tant that ru­ral con­stituen­cies like Machan be pro­vided with good road con­nec­tiv­ity be­cause roads would open up vast tracts of land and would gen­er­ate eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties.

It is very im­por­tant that ru­ral con­stituen­cies like Machan be pro­vided with good road con­nec­tiv­ity be­cause roads would open up vast tracts of land and would gen­er­ate eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties. Roads are rel­e­vant and es­sen­tial for the move­ment of goods and prod­ucts from and to the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. Al­lan Si­den Gra­mong (BN-Machan)

“Roads are rel­e­vant and es­sen­tial for the move­ment of goods and prod­ucts from and to the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties,” he ar­gued.

On dig­i­tal econ­omy, Al­lan said phys­i­cal goods or prod­ucts would still need to be ‘phys­i­cally trans­ported and de­liv­ered’ – via modes of trans­porta­tion such as roads, rail­ways, flights and ships. “For ru­ral ar­eas, we re­quest for roads,” he stated. The roads that have been brought up for con­struc­tion are the Ulu Machan Road and Ulu Poi Road, while roads to be up­graded are the Lukut-Penyu­lau Road and Li­pus Road.

Ac­cord­ing to Al­lan, these re­quests are cru­cial as they would re­sult in in­creased con­nec­tiv­ity for the res­i­dents in Machan and also help mit­i­gate flood­ing prob­lems in these ar­eas.

On other ba­sic util­i­ties, Al­lan re­quested for the state gov­ern­ment to re­con­sider hav­ing the ar­eas of Ma­jau, Bukit Luk­ing, Nanga Mam and Lower Sun­gai Poi be­come the al­ter­na­tive wa­ter sup­ply sources for re­mote long­houses and vil­lages.

“The ar­eas are no longer re­mote and are near enough to the near­est town, and (are) eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble. Hence, I re­quest for treated wa­ter (sup­ply) from Kanowit town for these ar­eas,” he said.

Elec­tric­ity sup­ply was also brought up by Al­lan, re­quest­ing for sev­eral long­houses in­clud­ing Rumah En­ta­lai, Rumah Teedy Be­tau, Rumah Lunsa and Rumah Brinau – all still un­lit – to be pro­vided with power sup­ply as soon as pos­si­ble.

Adding on, Al­lan said while the fo­cus on dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion as un­veiled in the state bud­get was praise­wor­thy, he also stressed that with­out ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture and ed­u­ca­tion for the ru­ral folk, the dig­i­tal di­vide be­tween city and ru­ral dwellers would con­tinue to wi­den.

“At the mo­ment, a great ma­jor­ity of the ru­ral pop­u­la­tion are com­puter il­lit­er­ate. In­ter­net ser­vices are in­vari­ably un­avail­able in many ru­ral ar­eas.

“Per­haps we should start a se­ri­ous pro­gramme at school, teach­ing stu­dents – both at pri­mary and se­condary level – to be com­put­er­savvy and ex­pos­ing them to dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy,” he sug­gested.

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