Proposed Ulu Tubai road to costs RM84 mil, benefits 2,500 people


KUCHING, May 23 (Bernama) -- The proposed construction of the 35km Ulu Tubai road to Mentawai in the state constituency of Batu Danau in northern Sarawak at an estimated cost of RM84 million is expected to benefit about 2,500 people, mostly Iban and Tagal.


Sarawak Communications and Infrastructure Development Assistant Minister Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman said today that another proposal to upgrade the 13km Bukit Sagan/Ulu Lubai road in Limbang Division was expected to be carried out by the Public Works Department at an estimated cost of RM24 million.
"The two proposals will be forwarded to the federal government for consideration," he said at the state legislative assembly sitting here.
Replying to questions raised by Paulus Gumbang (BN-Batu Danau), he said the Bukit Sagan/Ulu Lubai road would connect two schools, SK Nanga Merit and SK Ulu Lubai, 1Klinik Desa, agriculture scheme and four longhouses that would benefit about 1,000 people, mostly Iban, once it was upgraded.
The new Ulu Tubai road is also expected to provide accessibility to the people living in Nanga Medamit, Kampung Ensungei, Kampung Entakong and Kampung Melaban.
To a question from Ali Biju (Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)-Krian), Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said 1,226 participants in Krian were involved in 27 projects under the mini rubber estate, rubber block planting and rubber replanting schemes with an overall land area of 4,305 hectares from the Seventh Malaysia Plan until the current Plan.
Under the 10th Malaysia Plan, 10 such projects involving 1,301 hectares are being undertaken by 373 participants in Krian, while 2,581 hectares have matured and given back to 732 participants to date.
Jabu, who is also state Modernisation of Agriculture Minister, said 238 hectares were also being planted with oil palm under the Malaysian Palm Oil Board's smallholder new planting programme, involving 119 smallholders in the area.
Assistant Minister for Early Childhood Education and Family Development, Rosey Yunus said for the 2011-2012 period, the government had allocated RM710,000 under the 1AZAM programme, benefiting 71 participants from the Balai Ringin area.
To a question from Snowdan Lawan (BN-Balai Ringin), Rosey said the government had approved an allocation of RM2.058 million to build 100 units of houses under the People's Assistance Programme. -- BERNAMA

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