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The Penans in Bakun are bewildered over the measles outbreak that has killed 14 of them and put 35 in hospital.
BELAGA resident Hasbi Awang Radin is hoping for a tarred road to Bintulu. Lawas Sarawak Progressive Demo-cratic Party (SPDP) chairman Yong Kah Sing is hoping for a road linking his town and Miri. Former State Local Government Minister. And Telang Usan assemblyman Datuk Seri Joseph Balan Seling wants a road from Bario to Lawas.
MALAYSIA Airlines' Rural Air Services has been around for more than 30 years, working to connect isolated communities. The service also works closely with hospitals in cases of medical emergencies, flying doctors and medical supplies about and even carrying out medical evacuations of seriously ill patients.
The recent tragedy of deaths caused by an outbreak of measles in the interior of Sarawak underlines how isolated communities in that vast state can be. ELIZABETH LOOI finds out just how difficult it is to connect such communities to the outside world when she takes a trip with Malaysia Airlines' Rural Air Services into the interior.