Banting oh Banting, a little town in Sri Aman, home of 2nd Chief Minister of Sarawak, like Kapit still no road access, after 46 years. why the Ibans still support BN, what a waste? Anybody knows where is Banting?Briefly the village of Banting is an old settlement of the Iban of the lower Batang Lupar, its most striking landmark is a tall cliff high above Sungai Klauh, now crowned by St. Paul`s church founded by the Rev. W. Chambers in 1853.
The village has twelve longhouses with a population of about 2,000 and has 610 registered voters. It is within Sri Aman parliamentary and Bukit Begunan state constituencies. The surrounding area of exceptionally fertile land supported a large, energetic population of Iban padi farmers. The village is about 30 minutes journey by longboats from Lingga.
The village has great significance by producing Datuk Tawie Sli the second Chief Minister of Sarawak, Residents, District Officers, Senior Police Officers, Doctors, Engineers, graduates teachers and many other senior serving officers in the civil service.
The village has treated water and 24-hour electricity supply, but does not link with a trunk road, otherwise the villagers have no issue to complain against BN government.
Sarawak Bloggers should be able to tell us how many hamlets like Banting have no access road. This would be a favor to the Chief Minister's cement factory. It is accepted that concrete roads are more durable than tarred macadam roads. I am told that the idea behind building more dams is to keep the cement factory running. Building concrete roads would be another business venture/OPPORTUNITY to enrich THE family.
Tomorrow, Fauzi and I will be on a special mission. You will hear from us in the evening.