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Sharing Basic Facilities
One of the efforts taken by the government to uplift the economic status of the rural people is the provision of infrastructural facilities in the rural areas. In the Serian district, a total of 4,500 residents from 21 villages will be able to benefit from the upgrading of Jalan Mentung Merau-Sangai which is expected to be completed on 15 November 2010. The 37-kilometre road will be used by the residents of Kampung Slabi Entukuh, Slabi Mawang, Slabi Plaman, Slabi Sangkam, Sorak Melayu, Sorak Dayak, Koran Mawang, Koran Empaneg, Koran Plaman, Sangai, Diang, Resak/Bugu, Mentung Mubok, Mentung Berawan, Mentung Merau, Paon Gahat, Tong Nibong, Sungai Rimu, Kerait and Sumpas. The paved road will enable the villagers to move and transport their agricultural products for marketing with ease.
According to a report in a local daily, the road upgrading project had started about 25 years ago under the Fifth Malaysia Plan (RMK-5). However, the upgrading works were limited to 25 kilometres only due to insufficient allocation at that time. The remaining 12 kilometres stretch of upgrading Jalan Mentung Merau was financed via state government funds which amounted to RM9.0 million. It was understood that the upgrading works for each kilometre cost RM900,000. On 2 July 2010, the symbolic launching ceremony of the upgrading works of Jalan Mentung Merau-Sangai was graced by YB Dato’ Sri Michael Manyin Jawong, Sarawak Minister for Infrastructure Development and Communication. Also present was YB Frederick Bayoi, the State Assemblyman for Kedup cum Kota Samarahan Mayor. (KK6: 28 July, 2010)