KUCHING, Oct 24: Sarawak will see another 297.5 kilometres of roads completed under the Jiwa Murni Programme (commonly called Jiwa Murni roads) at a cost of RM866.9 million.
Infrastructure Development and Transportation Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said presently, the state already has 214 kilometres of Jiwa Murni roads which had cost RM250 million to build.
“I was chairing a meeting in the Implementation and Coordination Unit in Putrajaya this morning to discuss, among others, the Jiwa Murni roads.
“Those present agreed that we must make good Long Lopeng, Bekalalan Road and the Mejawa-Belaga road soonest,” Masing who is also Deputy Chief Minister said in a statement.
He said the roads are essential to the rural communities because they provided connectivity and accessibility to rural settlements which otherwise will be isolated.
“I told the committee that no matter what the public says, Jiwa Murni roads must continue to create connectivity to rural settlements.
“And in times to come, when we have the budget, we will build proper roads for them. In the meantime, they must have connectivity and the fastest way to provide it is to build Jiwa Murni roads,” he emphasised.
He reiterated that Jiwa Murni roads were meant for low volume traffic and “certainly not heavily laden trucks”.
The meeting was attended by officers from the Ministry of Defence, the Prime Minister’s Office, Economic Planning Unit, his ministry, State Secretary Office, State Finance Secretary, and the Land and Survey Department.
Hulu Rajang MP Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong was also present. — DayakDaily