KUCHING, Nov 28: The iconic Darul Hana Bridge which has enlivened the Kuching waterfront as an amazing attraction should be maintained properly in a long-term plan .
Happy to see the positive vibes brought by the bridge, PKR national women’s vice-chief Voon Shiak Ni urged the relevant authority to seriously look into long-term maintenance of the bridge.
Quoting the example of the iconic musical fountain at Kuching Waterfront about 10 years ago which once attracted many visitors but is now nearly abandoned, Voon pointed out that maintenance is key for public facilities.
“The spectacular lighting of the musical water fountain which danced to the rhythms of piped music was also supposed to be an iconic structure and attraction for this tourist spot. However, this musical fountain is not in operation anymore,” she said in a press statement today.
Hence, she said the next important issue of relevance which the Sarawak government and the authorities have to take note of is the ability and capacity to ensure that there is sufficient long-term maintenance of the bridge.
She said that the lightning of the RM35 mil Darul Hana Bridge was spectacular and has brought much excitement to throngs of Sarawakians who have visited the landmark since its opening.
She hoped that the beautiful lighting could be continued with a proper long-term maintenance plan, and not stopped like the musical fountain, due to cost or other factors.
“If we do not have a good system in place for its maintenance, the bridge will lose all the good purposes that it was built for and it will be watered down to be another ‘white elephant’ project of the BN government,” she added.
Voon also highlighted the maintenance of Kuching Waterfront and certain stretches of the esplanade which were poorly lit at night. — DayakDaily