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