KUCHING: Samarahan District Council will be upgraded to Samarahan Municipal Council in July this year in tandem with its status as the fastest growing township in the state, said Assistant Minister of Housing Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
“With the upgrade to a municipal council, the people of Samarahan can expect better services in terms of, say, health and waste management,” he said when presenting Minor Rural Project (MRP) grants to 21 organisations yesterday.
He also told the recipients at Asajaya District Office that the government was now giving priority to improving roads leading to villages and farms in Kota Samarahan this year.
The focus had shifted to small roads because main roads in and around Samarahan had been completed.
Run-down building, especially places of worship, would also be given facelifts.
“Kota Samarahan is experiencing continuous development ever since Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud was its state assemblyman and MP,” said Abdul Karim, who is also Assistant Minister of Youth Development and Asajaya assemblyman.
Touching on Muara Tuang as the centre of development and administration, he pointed out that all the residents had access to basic necessities such as electricity and water supplies.
“Besides universities, Kota Samarahan is also a place where we can find several government agencies such as Salcra.”
On Asajaya, he said the constituency had experienced vast improvements in recent years, such as the completion of the RM10 million Asajaya Clinic and improvements to secondary schools.
“Besides Asajaya, Sadong Jaya also has its own clinic. Hence, medical issues are no longer relevant in these areas.”
Besides these two major clinics, there are also village clinics in places such as Kampung Sambir and Kampung Semarak.