1. BATANG LASSA, BATANG PALOH BRIDGE TO COMPLETE COASTAL LINK
The construction of two bridges in the coastal area, Batang Lassa Bridge and Batang Paloh Bridge, in Mukah Division has started with the completion of site preparation work.
When completed, the two bridges will complete the coastal road route.
Coastal Road Assistant Minister Datuk Julaihi Narawi said the construction of the Batang Lassa Bridge which will replace the Batang Lassa estuary ferry service from Daro to Pulau Bruit has started.
The 2.43 kilometre bridge is expected to be completed within 48 months at a cost of RM597.58 million and will benefit people using the coastal road, especially those in Daro.
2. BIG CHALLENGE AWAITS E.C ON TACKLING ISSUES CONCERNING VOTERS’ PERMANENT ADDRESS
Tasik Biru assemblyman Dato Henry Harry Jinep questioned how the Election Commission (EC) will tackle issues concerning the permanent address of voters, following the constitutional amendment to lower the voting age from 21 to 18.
The Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) vice president said, this will be a big challenge for the EC especially in rural areas of Sarawak, where many aged 18 and above have moved elsewhere either for further studies or to seek jobs.
On the constitutional amendment, which also lowers the eligible age of electoral candidates to 18, he said, this is a welcomed move although the worry will be on whether a candidate at that age would be ready to face the big tasks and responsibilities that await.
3. PBB YOUTH SUPPORTS AMENDMENT TO LET THE YOUNGER GENERATION TO BE POLITICALLY EMPOWERED
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu PBB Youth support the amendment to let the younger generation to be politically empowered.
Its Chief, Gerald Rentap Jabu in a statement said, giving the youth chances to voice their concerns and aspirations will create political awareness and maturity to chart the nation’s path.
However, he added, PBB Youth also concerned on the automatic registration as it will only favour the cities and major towns due to rural-urban migration.
Thus, he explained, the gap between rural and urban must be addressed for balanced development.