Machan rep highlights public utility access in debate
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.