Good road network vital – Rep

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MIRI: A good network of roads is vital to develop rural areas in Sarawak as its vastness poses a problem to accessibility.

Rosey Yunus

“When I started, I realised that we must have roads first, especially in rural areas in my constituency,” Bekenu assemblywoman Rosey Yunus told The Borneo Post at Petronas Games Village here recently.

With road connectivity come power lines and water pipelines and other things.

“We must at least have gravel roads leading into villages and, except for a few villages like Kampung Sinup, we are almost complete with many branches of roads in rural areas,” she said.

There were also other problems like upgrading earthen drains into concrete ones to improve drainage.

“Now we are also asking for (communication) towers, at least three from Sacofa to provide WiFi coverage,” she said.

After that, her next focus would be to improve the economy of her constituency.

“I plan to get the ladies to come together to set up their own cottage industries, where everybody can do business together. There are a lot of fertile lands, and they can grow crops like yam which can be made into ‘kropok’ (chips) for export to neighbouring Brunei,” she said.

She highlighted the need for more education and assistance from government agencies.

Government agencies like Giatmara are targeting to eliminate hardcore poverty through various courses and programmes by end of 2011.

Giatmara is proposing to build a centre that assists in marketing products for the villagers, and introduce a Home Repair Programme and 1Malaysia Training Programme soon.

“This will help raise families income and help the government achieves the vision of a high income nation,” she said.

Rosey is certain of contesting in her state seat of Bekenu, possibly against two other contenders.

“It’s normal to face the opposition – the more the merrier,” she replied when asked her chances if faced by more than one challenger in the coming state election.