Telang Usan rep recounts Taib’s profound impact on rural devt, livelihoods

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Dennis praised the late Taib’s profound impact on rural development during his tenure as Chief Minister of Sarawak.

KUCHING (Feb 21): Former Sarawak governor and chief minister Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud has made significant strides in improving rural infrastructure and livelihoods, said Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau.

Dennis, in a statement, praised the late Taib’s profound impact on rural development during his tenure as Chief Minister of Sarawak.

“Rural development was a cornerstone of Tun Taib’s policy agenda, and there are clear proofs of the progress achieved in our rural areas.

“Initiatives such as road construction, facilitated by controlled logging activities, have brought easier accessibility to remote villages,” he said.

Dennis also addressed criticism levelled against Taib, particularly regarding the allocation of timber licences to logging companies.

“While some accused him of exploiting the state’s resources, the benefits brought to rural communities cannot be overlooked.

“Controlled logging has directly and indirectly contributed to the economic development of our people and given opportunities for them to earn a living, including logging employment, small business ventures, and agriculture,” he further explained.

Reflecting on Taib’s personal engagement with rural communities, Dennis shared fond memories of the late leader’s accessibility.

“Tun Taib made it a point to visit even the most remote longhouses, demonstrating his commitment to the people,” he said.

He also recounted a significant moment when Taib chose Telang Usan for his first campaign after the latter’s marriage to Toh Puan Raghad Kurdi Taib, an event that resonated deeply with him and the local community.

Acknowledging Taib’s broader impact, Dennis expressed gratitude on behalf of the Orang Ulu people.

“We are genuinely appreciative of Tun Taib’s contributions, which continue to shape our state’s development.

“We are happy for what he had done for us which is now being continued by Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“He was truly a leader who served Sarawak regardless of the size of your community, in particular we Orang Ulu who live very far deep in the jungle of Sarawak, we have never been left behind,” he added.