Govt urged to maintain abandoned logging roads for use by rural folk

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KUCHING, August 21: Since many longhouses, schools, clinics and cultivated land in the interior are only reachable by logging roads, the government would be doing a great service to the people by maintaining those tracts that have been abandoned.

This is especially so in places with substantial population such as Kakus, Song, Julau and Kapit, said Munan Laja, the president of Sarawak Workers Party (SWP).

“As we do not know when the government is going to construct roads into the interior of Sarawak, logging roads have to be maintained and repaired frequently as this is the cheapest means to bring jungle produce and agricultural products to towns,” he said in a press statement today.

He argued it was wrong for the government not to provide physical connectivity in areas where there are many rural folk. As of last year for instance, Kapit has a population of about 63,000, Song (23,400) and Julau (17,900). — DayakDaily