SIBU: Residents of Kampung Teluk Selalo in the Bawang Assan constituency see the newly-completed tar-sealed road at their village as a ‘gift of goodwill’ from the government.
The folk had earlier asked Local Government and Community Development Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh for help to repair the plank walkways there during one of the minister’s earlier visits to the constituency.
“However, I saw the urgent need to build a road there and immediately, I brought the villagers’ plea to the relevant authorities and the project took off at once,” said Wong, who is Bawang Assan assemblyman, in a statement.
The minister, who is United People’s Party (UPP) president, visited Kampung Selalo again with party members recently to see the newly-completed road.
The development in Kampung Teluk Selalo is reflective of other villages in Bawang Assan —
many of which used to be only accessible via boat rides that could take up to two hours, or via dirt roads.
Now, the constituency has good tar-sealed road network that connects the constituency with this town via each bridge across Sungai Igan and Sungai Rajang.
It currently takes merely half an hour to commute between here and Bawang Assan.
Moreover, the constituents also enjoy other facilities such as Internet service, as well as treated water and power supply. This, in turn, has led to a boom in property development there, and the only road leading to Sarawak Corridor of Renewal Energy (SCORE) growth node passes through Bawang Assan.
Next, Wong said he would help the villagers of Kampung Tanjung Kunyit on their request for upgrading the earth-gravel road there into a tar-sealed road.