Access road to benefit over 2,500 people

Entri presenting a RM76,000 cheque to Rumah Muna for house repairs.

Entri presenting a RM76,000 cheque to Rumah Muna for house repairs.

MARUDI: The lives of over 2,500 people from seven longhouses in Pengelayan and surrounding areas will be better when the much-awaited road to Miri is constructed through the RM3.8 million recently allocated by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem for the project.

This brings the amount secured by Marudi assemblyman Datuk Sylvester Entri within a month from the state government for road construction in Marudi to RM81.2 million.

The Assistant Minister of Public Utilities and Assistant Minister of Agriculture announced the good news at the launch of the access road at Rumah Muran at Kampung Kejaman, Pengelayan in Marudi constituency yesterday. At the same time, he presented RM241,000 worth of minor rural project (MRP) grants to the seven longhouses in lower Marudi.

Entri said his primary concern for the people here was road connectivity, which prompted him to work hard in securing an initial allocation of RM1.2 million from various sources.

Knowing that the amount was insufficient to complete the 6km Rumah Muran road that runs through swampy terrain to the oil palm plantation near Miri Go-kart race track, he said he

brought the matter up the State Cabinet which approved the RM3.8 million.

He said he knew and understood the people’s hardship given that the people had no more access to express boat service along the Baram River in the last couple of years.

Entri said Public Works Department (PWD) was expected to call for tender for the project soon, and the project was expected to kick off in the first quarter of next year.

On their part, the longhouse chiefs praised Entri for what he done and achieved, and pledged they were fully behind him.

“A knife which is proven to cut well is more useful compared to a new one whose qualities are yet to be proven,” said a representative.

The 78-door Rumah Muran now looks forward to the completion of the access road and supply of electricity.

Others present at the function included PWD divisional engineer Chong Jit Fam and engineers, longhouse chiefs from Pengelayan, Pemanca Enggah Muga and community leaders.