Monday, September 27

Access road construction ahead of schedule

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Jamit (second right) is seen at the site of the new access road. From right are Ambrose Abong Bugek – special affairs officer to the Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development, Yong, and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Bukit Goram Service Centre staff Jason Jarraw and Cochan Awie.

KAPIT: Construction work on a new 1.3km access road to the new site of Rumah Jandok at Jalan Ulu Sungai Yong is ahead of schedule.

During an inspection by Bukit Goram assemblyman Jefferson Jamit Unyat yesterday, contractor Yong Hua Seng said construction, which began last month, is expected to be completed by the middle of March.

Jamit said the RM300,000 project, which comes under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP), would help to further improve quality of life for longhouse folk in the area.

“It is heartening to hear and see people telling me their livelihood has improved tremendously after their longhouses were accessible by road. The landowners benefited greatly working on their land to generate income and added value to their land. They have greatly benefited from the road connectivity. Now, diversified agricultural activities are booming here,” he said.

“At the market place in the morning, we see farmers from far and near selling their jungle and farm produce to generate income to complement their livelihood. This is possible with road accessibility – Jalan Melekun, Jalan Mujong, Jalan Bukit Goram, Jalan Antaroh, Jalan Ulu Yong, and Jalan Kapit-Sungai Yong.”

Jamit pointed out the government under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has also provided other programmes for the people’s benefit such as 1Malaysia People’s Aid, e-Kasih, housing aid and others.

“Why didn’t former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad and former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim think of giving such assistance to the people?” he questioned.

“As elected representatives, we feel that our present leadership, both the Prime Minister and our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari (Tun Openg) are truly people-centric, who care about the people especially in the rural areas. In politics we support the leaders who really care for and support the people.”

He called on the people to ensure they support Kapit Member of Parliament Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, who is Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development, during the next parliamentary election.

“We still need more development. Thus we need to have continuity in our leadership. The strong support from the people will help to ensure this continuity in his leadership and it is our hope that he could have a better post in the federal cabinet,” said Jamit.