Warm welcome. Datuk Billy Abit being greeted with a traditional Iban dance upone his arrival at Nanga Merirai Health Clinic, near Kapit.

Hulu Rejang MP Datuk Billy Abit Joo has hinted his readiness to defend his seat in the next parliamentary election.

Speaking during his visit to Nanga Merirai near Kapit recently, Abit said he was still fit and capable of serving the constituents for at least another term.

He said with much of Hulu Rejang set to be connected by roads as a result of the construction of the Baleh hydroelectric dam, it was his vision to see continuity of policies in the parliamentary constituency.

“The Baleh hydroelectric dam project will bring roads and other infrastructure developments into Hulu Rejang.

“After that, the more important thing is to see that the people know how to exploit the moden infrastructure to benefit them.

“As your MP for close to 20 years already, I can work very well with current top state and Federal BN leadership, and together we will see that the people will benefit from all the moder facilities that will come their way,” Abit said.

According to him, the Government has never taken the support of rural people for granted or reneged on its commitment to bring more development to rural areas.

He said the Government was sensitive to the needs of rural people, which was why it tried its best to bring in new amenities or improve on existing ones.

The longhouse folk cheer when Abit announced a RM20,000 grant to improve the services of Nanga Merirai Health Clinic like buying a new and bigger outboat engine and a speedboat.

Abit also commended the effort taken by people in forming the Clinic Advisory Panel, saying such effort was useful in complementing the Government ‘s aim of improving services of its many department and agencies.

He also announced a grant of RM20,000 TO 11-door Ruman Robin Ungkong, RM8,000 to the parent-teacher association of SK Entuloh and RM7,000 to each of the 18-longhouses in the Merirai area.

Rumah Robin Ungkong was the first longhouse in Kapit Division to be fitted with solar panels several years ago and these panels are still operational.