NRDA’s RM1.5 bln will change devt land­scape in Lim­bang, Lawas

The Borneo Post - - SOCIETY -

LIM­BANG: As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture Dr Ab­dul Rah­man Is­mail says the big al­lo­ca­tion of RM1.5 bil­lion al­lo­cated to North­ern Re­gion De­vel­op­ment Agency (NRDA) will change the de­vel­op­ment land­scape of Lawas and Lim­bang dis­tricts as im­por­tant eco­nomic cen­tres for de­vel­op­ment and in­vest­ments in north­ern Sarawak.

Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg an­nounced the al­lo­ca­tion dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of the State Bud­get 2019 last Mon­day.

Dr Ab­dul Rah­man thus said the peo­ple should con­tinue to co­op­er­ate with the Gabun­gan Parti Sarawak (GPS) gov­ern­ment so that de­vel­op­ment projects could be smoothly im­ple­mented,” he said when open­ing the Meri­tam Mud Fes­ti­val (Pesta Lumpur Ber­buak) here yes­ter­day.

Lim­bang MP Hasbi Habi­bol­lah, Lim­bang District Of­fi­cer Su­peri Awang Said, Wa­likota Su­fian Mo­hat, the coun­cil’s Tourism Ed­u­ca­tion and So­cial De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Safiah Abu Bakar and head­man of Kam­pung Meri­tam Mah­mud Gam­pal were among those present.

Dr Ab­dul Rah­man, who is also Bukit Kota as­sem­bly­man, said among projects ap­proved for im­ple­men­tion un­der NRDA in Lim­bang District are the con­struc­tion of coastal road from Kam­pung Ipai to Kam­pung Pen­dam, road from Bukit Lubuk from Kam­pung Gadong to Kam­pung Se­berang Kedai and a road from Rang­gau to Kuala Lim­bang.

He added that a 1.5km Lim­bang Water­front (Phase 1) from the po­lice sta­tion to Kam­pung Pe­mukat worth RM30 mil­lion would also be built to beau­tify the town.

“Ten­der for this project has been called and the project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2020,” he said.

Dr Ab­dul Rah­man added that a to­tal of RM4 mil­lion had been spent to up­grade in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties at the Meri­tam vol­canic mud, a well known tourist des­ti­na­tion in the district.

He said RM500,000 had also been ap­proved un­der NRDA 2019 to up­grade in­fra­struc­ture in the area.

The Meri­tam Mud Fes­ti­val 2018, which en­ters its third edi­tion this year, has read­ied 20 ac­tiv­i­ties for the vis­i­tors, such as buf­falo taxis, tug-of-war, fly­ing foxes, telematches and Mr Lumpur Ber­buak con­test.

Also, there are stalls sell­ing food and drinks. The fes­ti­val ends to­day.

Dr Ab­dul Rah­man (fourth right) re­ceives a me­mento from Safiah while oth­ers in­clud­ing Hasbi (third left) look on.

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