Monday, February 17

SS gets cracking on Serian

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Tasks start to pave the way to turn Serian district into a division

KUCHING: The State Secretary’s office has started work on the necessary processes for the elevation of Serian District to a division.

State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani yesterday confirmed that they had already started to work on the subject, as directed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

“Yes, we have started to work on it now, but how fast it can be, that we can’t tell. This is because we need to really go to the ground. We cannot do it from our office and just based on the drawing, and usually this kind of thing will take a bit of time,” he said.

He disclosed this when asked on the status of the proposal put forward by mostly Serian people for the district to be made a ‘division’, after opening the Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) Integrity and Innovation Day 2014 in Petra Jaya here yesterday.

Adenan, at the Bidayuh symposium here recently, gave a positive consideration for Serian to become the latest division in the state.

Speaking to reporters at the occasion then, he said he would discuss the matter with Morshidi as it would involve a lot of processes including boundary, population and other legal requirements.

The state now has 11 divisions and if the proposed elevation of Serian becomes a reality, it would be the 12th division, and the first with Bidayuh predominance.

Right now, Serian is one of the districts under the administration of Samarahan Division, and prior to that, it was served by Kuching Division.