KUCHING: State Legislative Assembly (DUN) deputy speaker Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn will propose to the state government to have Siburan upgraded from a sub-district to district.
According to him, this is to ensure that better government services can be provided to the community there.
“By right, Siburan should be upgraded to a district status because its population is now more than 100,000 people.
“I will be working with Siburan Sub-District Office administrative officer Ranum Bari to prepare a proposal on this matter and submit it to the state government,” he told reporters when met after presenting 373 recipients with welfare aid worth RM500 each at the Padawan and Siburan Sub-District Flood Relief Welfare Aid Phase II presentation ceremony at Siburan Hall here yesterday.
Others present included Kuching Resident Shukarmin Chasemon, Kuching district officer Ibrahim Kipli, Padawan Sub-District Office administrative officer Rangen Jamang, Bidayuh Temenggong (Kuching Division) Austin Dimin Niyon and Padawan District police chief Supt Ng Ah Lek.
Sagah, who is also Tarat assemblyman, added that Siburan should also be equipped with a Rural Transformation Centre (RTC) considering that the people in this sub-district lived quite far from Kuching.
“With the availability of an RTC, this would provide the people here with the convenience of acquiring services provided by government departments,” he said.
Among the areas under Siburan sub-district are Siburan, Mambong, Beratok, Tapah, Tabuan Dayak and Mile 16 Jalan Kuching-Serian, with a population consisting of Bidayuhs, Ibans, Chinese and Malays.
Meanwhile, Ranum revealed that Siburan sub-district will be under the jurisdiction of Serian Division from today onwards.
According to him, this is following the handing over of administrative duties of Serian Division to its new Resident today, with several villages under Siburan sub-district coming under the new division.
“October 1 (today) marks a historic moment for Siburan where 25 villages under this sub-district will be under Serian Division administration whereas 32 villages will remain under Kuching Division through Padawan sub-district,” he said.
He also noted that 21 out of 47 villages under Padawan sub-district would also be placed under the jurisdiction of Serian Division.
“Villages which remain under Siburan sub-district are Kampung Sentah, Masaan, Sg Duuh, Tijirak, Siga, Sinjok, Mundai, Maang, Sg Riset, Skuduk, Plaman Payang, Chupak, Duras, Beradau, Prutan, Sebanyis, Tabuan Rabak, Pulau Kandis, Menjau, Patung, Kerumboi, Kuang-Toop, Batu Gong Baru, Batu Gong Lama, Jawa Gunda as well as Mile 15 to 18 in Siburan, Mile 21 to 26 in Tapah, and Mile 19 to 20 in Beratok.”
On the other hand, villages which are now no longer under Siburan sub-district are Kampung Seratau, Sidanu, Quap, Permas, Betung, Mambong, Sikog, Simboh, Petag, Staang, Bangau, Bunuk, Semaba, Bumbok, Tematu, Sudat, Dangak, Sagah, Bratan, Punau, Giam Baru, Giam Lama, Gerung, Karu, Semadang, Danu, Git, Nyiru Grait, Bawang, Bratan Asah, Sinar Baru and Mile 10 Market in Kota Padawan.
Villages under Padawan sub-district which will be relocated to Serian Division are Kampung Sarig, Pesa, Simpok, Peraya, Stabut, Krian, Sira, Subang, Pesang, Begu, Patos, Gayu, Serumah, Pekan Teng Bukap, Kawa Belimbing, Darul Islam Belimbing, Semaru, Bukit Nanas, Plaman Dunuk, Padus Stubot, Bisira Rayang, Senah Rayang, and Rudan.