Indonesia’s capital shift: Get Tebedu CIQ ready, says Riot

By Peter Sibon

SERIAN, Dec 27: Serian MP Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem hopes that Putrajaya will upgrade the Tebedu CIQ to provide better connectivity between Malaysia and Indonesia’s new capital in East Kalimantan.

The present customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) complex at Tebedu needs to be upgraded to ensure smother transit at the border.

“And I’m also going to fight for a better CIQ at Tebedu, because if you set your foot on the other side, that complex is at least 100 times better than what we have.

“Tebedu is the only entry point between Malaysia and Indonesia by land. That’s why we need it to be upgraded. And I think I did speak out in Parliament for the Jalan Tebedu-Serian to be upgraded (as well),” Riot told DayakDaily at his service centre at Kampung Pichin, some 10km from here yesterday.

He added that the upgrading of both Tebedu CIQ and the road was necessary with the Indonesian government planning to move its capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan.

Riot also disclosed that Serian would soon have a new health clinic Type 3 (KK3) to provide better health facilities to the people and to ease congestion at Serian Hospital.

He said the Federal Government had approved its implementation and is expected to be completed by 2021.

The Serian health clinic project was approved under the 10th Malaysia Plan in 2015 and was implemented by Sarawak Public Works Department under two phases. Phase I involved earthworks, which commenced in December, 1 2016 and completed on July 20, 2017.

The Serian health clinic is located along the Serian-Kampung Tangga Road.

Meanwhile, Riot who was a former Human Resources Minister, said the Serian Industrial Training Institute (ILP) works have now resumed after a short period of suspension.

He said works on the project begun on April 28, 2018 and is expected to be completed on December 14, 2021.

The Serian ILP is also situated along the Serian-Kampung Tangga Road.—DayakDaily