12km alternative road to Bakun HEP Lake, new jetty slated for Oct 2021 completion

Masing (centre) being briefed by the project consultant while Liwan (right) looks on.

KUCHING, Sept 8: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing yesterday was briefed on the progress of 12km of alternative road to Bakun HEP Lake and the proposed new Jetty at Bakun lake itself.

The progress of both projects have been delayed due to Covid-19. However, they are scheduled for completion in October 2021.

The 12 km alternative road to Bakun Lake cost RM47 million to implement while the Bakun Jetty cost RM17 million.

Additionally, the proposed Phase 2 project will include public amenities and lockup shops to cater for the needs of Bakun inland fishermen.

Meanwhile, Masing, who is also the Minister for Infrastructure and Port Development hoped that the Ministry of Youth and Sports will be included in the planning of the proposed Bakun Sailing Club, so that it can have its office and facilities be set up there to train Sarawak Sukma athletes in sailing events.

“The vast body of water, hopefully, will entice sailing enthusiasts to make Bakun Lake as their venue apart from attracting tourists into this scenic and lush green interior region.

“Nearby is a natural waterfall which is accessible through a hiking trail. For nature lovers who love trekking and adventure, this is definitely one trail to consider.

“There is much potential in Bakun area. Apart from becoming a preferred venue for water sports, we also hope to showcase it as a tourism gem in Sarawak,” Masing said in a statement issued here today.

Accompanying Masing during the visit was Assistant Minister Utilities and Belaga State assemblyman Datuk Liwan Lagang.—DayakDaily

A potential attraction for local and foreign tourists is a waterfall hidden along a potential hiking trail in Bakun
An aerial view of the Bakun Lake surrounded by scenic lush greenery
A panoramic and serene view of Bakun Lake