Rep Proposes Long San As Sub-district

LONG LAMA, Baram: Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau hopes to see the elevation of Long San into a sub-district to further boost development in his constituency.

Dennis said the elevation will complement development efforts in Telang Usan, including those in Long Lama which he regards as the capital of Telang Usan, as well as the sub-district of Long Bedian and other areas including 88 longhouses in the constituency.

It will also help to ensure none of its constituents is left out of the mainstream of modernisation, he emphasised.

We have proposed to the state government to turn Long San, Ulu Baram into another sub-district in Telang Usan besides Long Bedian that covers Apoh and Layun region covering 19 longhouses.

I have brought this matter to the attention of the state government. This is one of the strategies for us to ensure that government services are brought closer to our communities who live far in the interior, said Dennis.

As assemblyman, I want our areas not to be left far behind the stream of modernisation. It is my hope for my constituency to be in sync with things happening in big cities for the benefit of our people, he added.

Dennis was officiating at the ‘leaders meet the-youth’ event at Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Long Lama office here recently.

At the event, Dennis dismissed doubts about the progress of the Long Lama waterfront project, with some quarters doubting the government’s commitment to its completion.

I would like to inform that I had contacted Baram District Council and they affirmed that this project will continue this year as they have received allocation for this purpose, said Dennis.

Pointing out that the project was now 50 percent completed, he said when fully completed the proposed waterfront will have facilities for recreational activities.

I hope people in Long Lama and visitors alike will utilise the waterfront as it is best for healthy and recreational activities.

I understand all of us want speedier development to take place but please be patient as I am assuring you that I spare no effort and I work hard together with all government departments and agencies here to ensure projects such as this will continue to be implemented in Telang Usan, in tandem with our Chief Minister’s focus on rural development, he added.

Dennis also expressed his hope for the construction of Long Lama bridge to be completed by end of this year.

I hope that the construction of Long Lama bridge will be completed earlier than the set schedule, preferably before Christmas this year to provide easier access for constituents to go back to their longhouse for the celebration, added Dennis.

The youth gathering, held for the first time in Long Lama and themed ‘Suara Belia, Suara Bersama’ (Youth Voice, Our Voice), drew over 50 youths from Telang Usan constituency and its vicinity including trainee teachers from various local universities undergoing their practical training around Long Lama and students of Sekolah Teologia Pertama (STP), a Bible training centre in Long Lama.

It provides a platform for participants to interact and strengthen their relationships apart from enriching their knowledge on current development in the constituency.

Engagement programmes such as this should be organised more often as it can help to foster neighbourliness and enhance community spirit which should be uphold for many years to come, said Dennis.

Matters aired for discussion during the gathering included issues relating to education, housing, agriculture and rural economy as well as youth involvement in development agenda for the state and country.

PBB Long Lama branch chairman Wan Anyie, PBB Telang Usan youth exco deputy chief Leonard Luhat Laing and the event organising chairman Spanski Steven were among those present.