SIBU: The development of the coastal highway in the state will help to upgrade the economy of the Bumiputera communities residing in the area.
Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Promotion of Technical Education) Datuk Len Talif Salleh said the Bumiputera community, including Melanau, Iban and Malays, would benefit as their agriculture and fisheries products could be better marketed.
“Because of this, I hope the state government would consider having the coastal highway be developed together with the RM6bil Pan Borneo Highway. As without such infrastructure facilities, it is difficult to market local agriculture and fishery products overseas,” said at the Sibu Melanau Association annual dinner on Sunday.
Len Taliff, who is also the Belaway assemblyman, said the economic activity had hastened in areas where the road had been completed.
“To the Bumiputera communities staying along the state coastal belt where the coastal highway is sited, I urge you to seize the opportunity to increase your economic activity,” he said.
At the function, he presented study incentives totalling RM20,000 to the members’ children who excelled in their public examinations.
Among those present at the function were political secretary to the Chief Minister Abdullah Saidol, who is also Semop assemblyman, Jemoreng assemblyman Abu Seman Jahwie and Nangka assemblyman Dr Annuar Rapa’ee.