Budget 2017: Fire stations, Maswings frequent flights among Sarawak wish-list

Oct 13, 2016
Sarawak wish list for Budget 2017
Sarawak wish list for Budget 2017

More fire stations required in rural areas have been proposed by Federation of Orang Ulu Sarawak Malaysia (Forum) in the upcoming Budget 2017.

Its president, Antonio Kahti Galis said in northern Sarawak’s Miri and Limbang, the need for more fire stations was urgent, especially in rural areas due to geographical challenges.

“We are hoping for more improvement in basic facilities at rural areas, including the setting up of more fire stations,” he told Bernama here today.

Forum comprises nine associations representing Lun Bawang, Kenyah, Kelabit, Lakiput, Saban, Berawan, Kayan, Bisaya and Penan communities mostly residing in northern Sarawak (Miri and Limbang).

Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is also the finance minister will table Budget 2017 on Oct 21.

Besides fire stations, Antonio, who is also Sarawak Bisaya Association president said building new and improving the infrastructure of schools and clinics in rural areas should be priority under Budget 2017.

Meanwhile, State Legislative Assembly deputy speaker Gerawat Gala proposed that Rural Air Services (RAS) provider Maswings increase flight frequency and connectivity in northern Sarawak.

“Flight frequency should be increased in rural areas such as Mulu and Bario because at the moment, its quite limited,” said the Mulu state assemblyman, adding that flight connectivity was another issue which needed to be looked into.

Source: Bernama