Asajaya Expressway construction a priority to boost local economy — Abdul Karim

KUCHING, Sept 3: The construction of the Asajaya Expressway will be prioritised to develop more facilities and boost the local economy, says Asajaya assemblyman Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

As the chairman for the Integrated Regional Samarahan Development Agency (IRSDA), he expressed hope that the project implementation under the 12th Malaysia Plan (RMK12) could be accelerated in order to ease the traffic congestion that occurs along the road.

“Apart from that, it will also help speed up the journey from the Batang Samarahan bridge to Pasar Asajaya and Sadong Jaya, and I hope that the project can be implement as soon as possible, including all the remaining projects,” he said when met by reporters after launching the Asajaya District Community Policing Programme at the SMK Hajjah Laila Taib school hall here today.

Abdul Karim, who is also the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports added the ferry ramp construction project for ferry services connecting villagers from Kampung Tambirat and Kampung Beliong, including Kampung Semilang, Kampung Beradek, Kampung Tiang Api, and Kampung Beliong Sangkap, will also commence in the future promptly.

He revealed the project was delayed due to the Movement Control Order (MCO), apart from location issues involving the ferry ramp, as the original location was deemed not suitable.

“The issues have been solved and we believe that the ferry ramp construction project will start as soon as possible, and this will be follow by other development projects in Pasar Baharu Tambirat and Sungai Tambirat Waterfront, which will become the socio-economic centre for the local community here and local attractions for tourists to Asajaya,” he added.

Earlier on, Abdul Karim also called for local leaders and Village Development and Security Committees (JKKKs) to play their roles in maintaining safety especially at the grassroots level.

“It is hoped that the Community Policing Programme such as this, would benefit the local leaders and JKKKs, at the same time (as they are) playing their role in solving any social issues in each other’s villages,” he added. — DayakDaily