Monday, December 5

BN Youth to help campaign for bigger majority

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MUKAH: Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth from both the state and federal level will assist in the Balingian by-election to ensure a better majority for its candidate, said State BN Youth chief Datuk Fadillah Yusof.

“Yes, both Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and I will assist in this by-election through our many programmes organized for tomorrow (Sunday March 23). We are reaching out to the youths especially in technical training. On top of that there will be some other festivals organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports,” Fadillah told thesundaypost on the sideline of the community leaders’ seminar at a leading resort here yesterday.

There are some 7,000 registered voters below the age of 50 in Balingian, out of the total 13,467 registered voters.

On the needs to repair and upgrade two bridges in Kpg Baru and Kpg Suyong in Balingian sub-district, Fadillah, who is Works Minister, said his ministry will assist in whatever way it could.

“As far as my ministry is concerned, the mandate given to us is on federal roads. So, since this project  lies under the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, I have to pass this project to them.

“But as far as I am concerned there are already plans for them,” said Fadillah.

This is the closest the government has promised to look into the needs to repair the bridges in the two villages in Balingian sub-district.

The two bridges have been part of the seven wish list of the local community which has been highlighted by The Borneo Post before the by-election was announced.

Since the by-election was announced last week, four of the wishes on the list have been fulfilled by the government.

They are the secondary school for Balingian sub-district, a new primary school for Kpg Tellian Tengah, the upgrading of water treatment plant for Mukah and a new airport for Mukah.

The only remaining one  in the list is for the town to have another petrol station as the present one located in town has created unnecessary traffic jam at odd hours.

On the overall development, The Petra Jaya MP also said the government could not do it at one go but slowly and gradually.

On the missing link road from Balingian to Tatau, the distance is about 6km and it is also under the state Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Communications.