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Pastoral visit to Sungei Asap Belaga. Long Urun 2017


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Pastoral visit to Sungei Asap Belaga. Long Urun
by Most Rev Bishop Richard Ng on
25June2017

Local Parish priest is Sylvester Ngau Juk from Belaja.

Photography : Jason Kho
Story compiled by Ben Chang


The team left Miri at 1130 am on 25June to arrive at  Long Urun, a penan settlement at around 3.00pm.
The Bishop then celebrated Mass at Gereja St Anthony de' Pedua, Long Urun.

Belaja
Belaga is the capital of the Belaga District in Kapit Division, Sarawak, Malaysia. It is located on the upper reaches of the Rajang River, some 120 kilometers northeast of Kapit  but considerably further on the river and slightly less than 100 kilometers from the South China Sea coast near Bintulu. It is located within the Hulu Rajang parliamentary constituency.

The district population as of 2010 was 37,102. Belaga was established in the early 1900s when a few Chinese traders set up shops and started trading with the Orang Ulu, supplying essentials such as kerosene, salt and manufactured goods.

Belaga is a small town. Whilst the village can be explored in well under an hour, most visitors arrive in Belaga in order to explore the many longhouses as well as the interior of Borneo. The town is very well connected with the tribes-people.

From Belaga, the Belaga- Tubau route entails following a recently upgraded logging track through a deforested area. After around two hours' drive north up the Belagu - Tubau track you reach ASAP, where the people from the Bakun region and Sungei Balui have been resettled.



























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