MIRI: The Middle Baram Development Committee has been asked to stay focussed on their objectives for development.
Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau said although the committee faced criticism from some quarters, striving to bring development to the area would be worthwhile for the advancement of the various communities.
¡§The committee was formed to spearhead the development agenda for longhouses from Long Laput to Long Kaseh, which will benefit the communities in the long run,¡¨ he said when chairing a committee meeting recently.
Dennis said the committee has been active since its formation around two years ago and is focused on infrastructure development such as roads, commercial areas and plantations.
He lamented that certain individuals complained a lot on social media but did little to contribute to the longhouses.
¡§How nice if all the energy we have could be channelled towards bringing positive development to our people instead of quarrelling on social media, which brings a negative image to the community,¡¨ he said.
¡§Instead of blaming the government and spending time complaining on social media about our longhouses, we¡¦ve decided to take action by having brainstorming on issues affecting the needs of our people,¡¨ added committee chair Temenggong Elizabeth Deng.
She is assisted on the committee by Francis Nyurang Ding, while the advisors are Baram Member of Parliament Anyi Ngau and Dennis.
The committee covers Long Laput, Sungai Dua, Sri Kenawan, Uma Bawang Kanan, Uma Bawang Kiri, Long Pilah, Daleh Long Pelutan, Long Tepen and Long Keseh, which have a total population of around 14,000.
Dennis (seated centre) with the Middle Baram Development Committee. Miri Resident Antonio Kathi Galis is seated fourth left.