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Long Seridan folk to benefit from Sawas, Sares projects
Posted on : 10 Feb 2020  Source of News: https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/02/10/long-seridan-folk-to-benefit-from-sawas-sares-projects/

Long Seridan folk to benefit from Sawas, Sares projects

Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi (standing front, sixth right) symbolically hands over ‘the key to clean water supply’ to Penghulu Willy Wing at the end of the programme in Long Seridan Asal, witnessed by Gerawat (standing front, seventh right) and other villagers.

MARUDI: The people of Long Seridan are reassured that they would benefit from Sarawak Alternative Water Supply (Sawas) and Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares).

In stating this, Assistant Minister of Utilities (Water Supply) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi says both ‘people-centric projects’ signify the Sarawak government’s commitment in realising the target of all households across the state to have reliable clean water and electricity supply by 2025.

For the record, Sawas is run by the Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB), while Sares is directly under the Minister of Utilities.

“For now, the overall coverage of clean water (supply across Sarawak) is 81.4 per cent.

“For the communities located off the (water supply) grid, this is where Sawas comes in.

“Launched in October 2017, Sawas was divided into five phases. Phase I, covering 22 villages, reached completion in 2019 – the rest of the phases would continue to be implemented in 2020.

“So far, the feedback that we have received has been really positive,” he spoke prior to launching a ‘Sawas Awareness Education Programme’ at Long Seridan Asal in Bario near here recently.

Accompanying the assistant minister was Mulu assemblyman Dato Gerawat Gala.

On the Sarawak government’s ‘people-centric projects’ focusing on clean water and electricity supply, Dr Abdul Rahman said they would be covering 332 areas between this year and next year.

In this regard, he said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Open had announced allocations of RM2.8 billion for the water supply projects, and RM2.3 billion for electricity supply projects.

Later at the event, Dr Abdul Rahman announced funding of RM5,000 from his Minor Rural Project (MRP) grant for the village security and development committee (JKKK) of Long Seridan.

Among those present wer Mulu Assemblyman, Dato Gerawat Gala, PS Charles Balan Seling, JBALB Director, IR Chang Kuet Shian,Pemanca Freddi Abun Tadam and Government Representative.