Backbencher proposes development agency to look into former RASCOM areas
KUCHING, May 23 (Bernama) -- A Sarawak government backbencher proposed that a new agency be established to look into the development of areas that used to be under the Rajang Security Command (RASCOM) in the state’s central region during the Communist insurgency period.
Christopher Gira Sambang (GPS-Tamin) proposed the body to be named RASCOM Development Agency (RASDA) which would cover the districts of Pakan, Julau, Kanowit, Selangau and Tatau that also come under five state constituencies namely Meluan, Ngemah, Machan, Tamin and Kakus.
In his debate on the motion of thanks to the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak’s address at the State Assembly sitting today, Christopher said these areas were over three million hectares in size with a population of about 140,000.
He said that based on history, these areas were subjected to Communist threats from 1970 to the 1980s period and the people there had made sacrifices to support the government in fighting against the communists.
“Therefore, it is only right for the government to return the favour to those who had sacrificed their lives to defend the nation, by bringing development to those areas through the setting up of a RASCOM Development Agency,” he said.