Sri Aman gets its own development authority

Posted on : 21 Jan 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari (third left) presents one of the recipients with the Bumiputera Communal Reserve while (from left) Jabu, Uggah, Land and Survey Department director Abdullah Julaihi, Jaul and Harden look on.

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has formed the Sri Aman Development Authority (Sada) to look into the development of Sri Aman division.

He said the committee, which was formed following a discussion with elected representatives, will be headed by Batang Lupar MP Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim.

“I had a discussion with state and federal elected representatives and they suggested a new approach whereby development in Sri Aman division can be coordinated from the aspects of agriculture, tourism, connectivity, infrastructure, water and electricity supply and so on.

“The elected representatives have agreed on the formation of Sada and appointed Datuk Seri Rohani as the chairperson of this committee,” he said at a dinner held in conjunction with the Sri Aman division ‘Pemimpin Bersama Rakyat’ programme, held at Sri Aman Civic Centre on Sunday.

Abang Johari said Sada would assist the Sarawak government to look into how best to improve certain industries in Sri Aman division.

“For instance in Lubok Antu, we can, through Sada, look at how best to upgrade the tourism and agriculture industries there.

“This is because right now, not only is there a new road but we are also constructing the Batang Lupar Bridge near Sri Aman which is now in the tender process,” he said.

He added that Sada will be working together with State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion, the state Economic Planning Unit as well as related government departments and implementing agencies.

The chief minister also gave his assurance that Sri Aman division will be continuously developed, with around RM30 million worth of projects approved to upgrade Simanggang town alone.

“We have approved several projects in Simanggang including the Sri Aman Waterfront and now we are looking to build a seven-hectare park called ‘Taman Aman’ (Peace Park) which will be linked to Rumah Sri Aman (former British Residency).

“The Rumah Sri Aman will be converted into a museum and we will also upgrade the roads of Jalan Astana, Jalan Main Bazaar, Jalan Abang Air and Jalan Resak,” he revealed.

He also touched on the treated water supply issues often faced by residents of Sri Aman and pointed out that the government will look for a new water source to be treated and supplied to residents, including those in longhouse areas.

Abang Johari later presented Bumiputera Communal Reserves under Section 6 of the State Land Code to 30 recipients.

Also present were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah, Utilities Minister Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi; Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah and assistant minister Datuk Francis Harden Hollis; Batang Lupar MP Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion and former deputy chief minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu.