Massive cost, but government will complete LRT, assures Abang Johari

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KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg said the proposed Light Rail Transit (LRT) for Kuching, covering some parts of Samarahan and Serian would take 10 years to complete.

“It will take a massive cost, but we will complete its construction,” he said at the 29th Kuching City’s Commemoration Day at the Indoor Stadium, Petrajaya here today.

He said when completed, it will connect Kuching with Santubong, Kuching with Saramahan and Serian.

The chief minister, however, did not say when construction work on the LRT would start.

He said LRT, when completed, will not only provide faster and convenience mode of transport to the public, but also will generate economic activities in areas along the route.

Abang Johari said LRT will be powered by electricity generated from the Bakun dam.

Meanwhile, Mayor of Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Datuk James Chan Khay Syn said Kuching City has undergone significant changes and developments over the years to achieve its current state of progress as a liveable and economically viable city and home.

He said Kuching City is a multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-lingual and multi-cultural society.

“Despite these diversities, we live as one united people, in peace and harmony, sharing a safe, green and healthy Kuching City,” Chan said.

He said the future of Kuching City will be one of greater advancement and development, particularly in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure, which will be an added boost to the economy.

This, he said, is the vision and development strategy of the chief minister to establish and enhance a “Digital Sarawak”.

“With his tremendous experience, a glorious era for Sarawak and its future generation is in the making,” he said.

Chan noted that one of Abang Johari’s top priorities is to ensure Sarawak is equipped with the physical digital infrastructure to broaden and open up vast opportunities for organizations, businesses, entrepreneurs and the people such that Sarawak is not left behind but can continue to advance forward and further in tandem with the world.

“His plan to construct more telecommunication towers is very relevant and praiseworthy as it is essential to people to reach all possible settlements in Sarawak.

“This strategy once fully implemented will be sufficient to propel Sarawak’s digital economy,” he said, noting that a world-class ICT infrastructure with seamless and resilient network services or connectivity, and reliable data security will become the backbone for new industries to grow and flourish.

In line with the state government’s policies, Chan said MBKS aims to ensure that all services and benefits are maximally accrued for the people, and all relevant digital or the knowledge economy is put to good use and advantage for the people.

He said the City Council is fully committed in its support of a digital state for the betterment of our community and economy.

“We are also constantly re-engineering ourselves on how MBKS with its resources and facilities can be better utilized and maximized for the benefits of people,” he added. –