Completion of missing link road between Song-Kanowit delayed due to MCO

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, May 11: The 12km missing link between Song and Kanowit would have been completed if it has not been due to Movement Control Order (MCO) which has been implemented since March 18, said Infrastructure and Port Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.

He said the initial date of completion was before Gawai this year for ease of communications but since MCO was enforced, works on the project have been stopped.

“It should be finished by now were it not due to MCO. We have to stop the work due to MCO. The construction stopped. Otherwise it should have been completed by now, just before Gawai,” Masing told DayakDaiy at his office at Bangunan Baitulmakmur here today.

To provide accessibility, he said there is already an existing feeder road, which the people could use while the 12km road is under construction.

On a related issue, Masing who is also Deputy Chief Minister stressed that construction works now can proceed in green zones.

“But there must not be any labour movement between the zones, say for instance, in Kapit where it has been green all this while, construction should be allowed. So, my staff is putting the signboard there now,” said Masing.

Meanwhile, Masing who is also Baleh Assemblyman said inaccessibility has given Kapit an added advantage to stop the spread of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic to the division.

“This is the advantage for Kapit. For the first time, inaccessibility becomes an advantage to Kapit when people of Sibu and Bintulu are not allowed to travel to Kapit,” added Masing. — DayakDaily