Abang Jo approves RM60 mln to upgrade road and bridge in Balingian

Abang Johari delivering his speech at the Balingian community hall today (April 11, 2021). Photo credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)

By Adrian Lim

MUKAH, April 11: A total of RM60 million has been approved to upgrade infrastructure in Balingian including the construction of the Jalan Tellian By-Pass and the Second Mukah Bridge.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said roads in Balingian will be built to connect all villages and longhouses from Mukah to Dalat.

“The cost for the road construction is RM30 million and the bridge is RM30 million.

“We want to upgrade the infrastructure in Balingian and people-centric projects will also be built.

“Therefore, the development in Balingian going forward will be more structured,” he said in his speech at the Balingian community hall before the earth-breaking ceremony for Anjung Selera at Balingian which costs RM5 million here today.

He believed Mukah will experience much development with several infrastructure projects being implemented in Mukah over the next few years, including the construction of the Batang Muara Lassa bridge, Batang Paloh bridge, Batang Igan bridge and Batang Rajang bridge.

Abang Johari noted that the bridges will be catalysts that will accelerate development in Mukah division and stimulate the local economy.

Meanwhile, Balingian assemblyman Abdul Yakub Arbi said approximately 92 per cent of the roads in his constituency have been tar-sealed and the constituency enjoys 91 per cent electricity coverage and 85 per cent water supply.

Among those who attended the event were Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, Assistant Minister of Native Laws and Customs Datuk John Sikie Tayai, Assistant Minister of Urban Development and Resources Datu Len Talif Salleh, Jemoreng assemblyman Dato Dr Juanda Jaya, Daro assemblyman Safiee Ahmad, Tellian assemblyman Yussibnosh Balo, Deputy State Secretary (Socio-economy Transformation) Dato Sri Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki, Urban Development and Resources Ministry permanent secretary Datu Zaidi Mahdi, Land and Survey Department director Abdullah Julaihi and Mukah Resident Hamdiah Bakir. — DayakDaily