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Betong Division gets RM580 million worth of ‘projek rakyat’ – Uggah
Tarikh : 04 Feb 2019

KUCHING: A total RM580 million worth of ‘projek rakyat’ (people’s projects) are being allocated
to Betong Division, which include 15 new telecommunications towers.

In addition, minor projects worth RM30 million are being implemented in the division under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP).

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas disclosed this during the annual Betong Division’s ‘Civil Service Day’ dinner on Friday.

He reminded the civil servants of the future challenges due to higher expectations of the people.

He said with all these multi-million ringgit developments, the question of their integrity would be a critical issue.

“Whatever projects we are implementing for the people, they must be done according to the stipulated specifications.

“Avoid any element of corrupt practice where your integrity will be challenged. I am glad to state here that this has not been an issue with civil servants here.

“So far the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) has yet to call in anyone for investigation and we must keep it this way,” he said.

Uggah attributed the development and progress now seen in Betong since its elevation to a division on March 26, 2002, to the invaluable contributions by civil servants from every state and federal departments and agencies.

He said the Sarawak government deeply appreciates their co-operation, commitment, professionalism and integrity.

“The demands will snowball as the population grow and their expectations for even higher quality services,” he said.

Layar assemblyman Gerald Rentap Jabu, a political secretary to the chief minister Dr Richard Rapu, Betong Division Resident Friday Belik and event organising chairman Dr Johnny Pangkas were among those present at the dinner.

Uggah also said the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS)-led state government now wants to focus on increasing the income of the rural people through economic activities like the Bukit Sadok Agropolitan Area, which covers the Sri Aman, Betong and Sarikei divisions.

He explained that this programme would integrate modern agriculture with livestock-rearing, as well as food processing and manufacturing.

“Every civil servant must rise to the occasion to meet these new challenges,” he said.

At the function Uggah, who is Bukit Saban assemblyman, announced a grant of RM30,000 for Betong Division’s Civil Servants Day celebration next year.

Gerald also pledged RM20,000 for the same purpose. In his speech, Gerald expressed his concern for the drug problem in Betong.

He called for concerted efforts from all quarters in combatting this problem.

He also praised the move to declare every Saturday as a ‘Plastic Bag-Free Day’ in Betong.

“This augurs well for our environment and our future generation,” he added.