Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri addressing the crowd at the Transformasi Nasional 2050 (TN50) dialogue at the Teachers’ Training Institute in Batu Lintang, Kuching. (pix by MOHD ADIB POVERA)

KUCHING: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri believes that infrastructures, including road and power supply in the interior of Sarawak, will be improved before 2050.

Speaking in a her capacity as the Batang Sadong MP, Nancy said, it has been the aspirations and core struggles of Barisan Nasional MPs and state assemblymen to see rural folks enjoy better infrastructures at their villages.

She said the ongoing construction of the multi-billion ringgit Pan Borneo Highway would not only create better connectivity, but also change the economic landscape in the state, especially in rural areas.

“I know how its likes when it comes to road condition as well as electricity and water supply in the interiors.

“I’m not going to deny it (lacking of proper infrastructures in rural area).

“However, I can assure you that you that elected representatives have been working tirelessly to improve the livelihood of rural folks. They have been fighting for the well-being of their constituents,” said Nancy during the Transformasi Nasional 2050 (TN50) dialogue at the Batu Lintang Teachers’ Training Institute (IPG) on Friday.

Nancy was responding to the aspiration of a student from Tun Abdul Razak campus IPG. The student, who hailed from Baram, said she hoped the infrastructure condition, as well as Internet connectivity at her village would improve under TN50.

Baram is located about six hours drive away from Miri.

“I just hope you will not have to wait until 2050. As for Internet connectivity, I was told that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Abang Openg will table the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) bill at the State Legislative Assembly sitting next month.

“SMA will regulate activities pertaining to multimedia and communication, which perhaps, will tackle problem related to poor Internet connectivity in Baram, Batang Sadong and any parts of the state,” she said.

During the dialogue, which was attended mostly by IPG students, Nancy challenged the participants to nurture interest on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among their future students.

“We need to encourage more children to appreciate STEM. You can be the (nation’s) transformers by adopting creativity in your teaching skills so that the lesson being taught will not come across as dull.

“I remember during my university days. Whenever the lecture is boring, I would draw a big house and think about how to become a millionaire.

“I hope that you will stress the importance of values in your teaching once you graduate from IPG and become a teacher,” she said.

Later after the dialogue, Nancy she was happy with the response from participants in today’s dialogue.

She said 21 aspirations were recorded during the session.

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