CONNECTED: Taib (second left) launching the Medamit Wi-Fi under the rural broadband initiative in Medamit while Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu (right), Hasbi (second right) and others looks on.
by Philip Kiew. Posted on January 29, 2011, SaturdayLIMBANG: The Medamit and Lubai region in Batu Danau constituency are progressively linked to the grid system while alternative power supply system would be implemented for settlements outside the coverage loop.
Limbang MP Hasbi Habibolah said the rural electrification scheme (RES) is currently underway and coverage to all longhouses and settlements along Medamit road and it could be extended to Rumah Jampong in Ulu Medamit under the 10th Malaysia Plan.
“Rural roads are also coming up, including the access road being constructed to the proposed Limbang HEP site for SCORE under the national key results area (NKRA) for rural road development,” said Hasbi.
He said this during at the simultaneous opening ceremony of the Nanga Medamit community hall, multi-purpose court and Medamit Wi-Fi by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud at Nanga Medamit recently.
Hasbi said these road linkages, infrastructure and amenities under the NKRAs would boost the area’s development, create greater accessibility to the outside world and help uplift human capital resources here.
The community hall was a result of Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang’s request to the chief minister in his earlier visit to be established in Nanga Medamit to cater to the community’s needs in this region.
The RM600,00 community hall adjacent to the RM150,000 multi-purpose outdoor court served as an avenue for the Iban, Bisaya, Kelabit and other communities to interact during social or recreational activities.
The launch of village Wi-Fi at Nanga Medamit put the rural population on the Internet bandwagon, enabling the younger generation to step up its pursuit of knowledge to upgrade skills to be competitive, disciplined and successful citizens who can contribute ideas and efforts for Malaysia’s progress.
“Not only the young, but parents and adults need to know what is happening around us to see through frivolous lies or accusation hurled by irresponsible quarters,” he said.
Hasbi said all development here reflected the government’s approach to ensure the rural population is not left out of the mainstream of Sarawak’s development.
The 1Malaysia concept of ‘People First, Performance Now’ through the six NKRAs and Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) proved that the government was serious in achieving these goals.
“ It is not empty talk but a road map of the long term vision through the new economic model and economic action plan which should be the guideline for the people to move together to achieve further progress,” he said.
As such, unity which has been the foundation stone of the success in multi-racial and multi-religious society in the country must be safeguarded and the people should reject those running down 1Malaysia and questioning the government’s sincerity to make Malaysia a dynamic and competitive nation.