Mega project announcements not ‘hot air’ – Abang Johari

Posted on : 12 Mar 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Newly appointed Iban and Malay Temenggongs Richard Mulok (left) and Piee Alwi with Penghulu Goh Leng Tong presenting a gift to Abang Johari during the dinner and witnessed by Uggah.

BETONG: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has taken to task critics who accused him of merely paying lip service over his announcements of development projects especially those mega ones.

Saying his announcements of development projects were not ‘hot air’, he said it will take time for them to be implemented as there are certain necessary procedures that need to be followed.

“We need at least one or two years from preparing to tendering and awarding the tenders before the actual implementation can be carried out.

“I hope the people will bear with us,” he said at an all community dinner here last night in honour of his visit to the Betong Division.

Abang Johari said his announcements of the airport here and the electric bus project for Kuching were among those that had been questioned.

“But then we have just launched the electric bus for Kuching and we planned to get a few more plus the hydrogen type. Some people had been doubtful but the bus is there now.

“We too have placed the order for a Cessna transport aeroplane which can bring three containers to be used in the proposed Betong Airport,” he said.

He added for the airport itself, a sum of RM101 million had been set aside.

“As long as the GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) government rules the state, all announced projects will be carried out,” he said.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari said some RM650.3 million worth of development projects have been approved for the Betong Division in the last two years.

These included RM199.5 million for various road and RM102.4 million for water supply projects.

“Some of these projects had or are currently being or will be implemented when the time is due,”

Abang Johari also announced new projects worth RM33 million during the dinner.

They included RM18.5 million for road and RM10 million for Betong town flood mitigation projects.

He said they were vital as the division had great potentials for modern agriculture.

Later Abang Johari presented letters of appointment to newly appointed community leaders.

They include Temenggong Richard Mulok Entring for the Iban community and Temenggong Piee Alwi for the Malay community.

In his speech earlier, his deputy Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah hoped the government could consider helping to develop Betong tourism potentials.

“We have the Bukit Sadok which was the last bastion for Dayak Iban nationalist warrior Rentap in his fight against the Brooke White Rajah Rule.

“This is of great historic importance to us besides its scenic and pristine surroundings,”

He said with the state Coastal Trunk Road expected to pass through Betong town, the site would be of special attraction to visitors.

Uggah who is also the Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development said Betong needed affordable housing projects.

The Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, the Minister of Public Utilities Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, Layar state assemblyman Gerald Rentap Jabu and the State Secretary Tan Sri Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani were among those present.