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SIBU, May 9: A quick solution is needed to overcome an impasse that has prevented Sibu Lorry Association members from parking their vehicles at a site next to the Igan Bridge.
Transport Minister Dato Sri Lee Khim Shin, who visited the site today, wanted the problem to be solved soon.
“Hopefully, this problem could be resolved so that Sibu Lorry Association can continue to have a proper place to park their members’ lorries without disrupting the daily activities in town,” he said.
According to Lee, after the construction of the Igan Bridge, a six-acre piece of land was left vacant.
In 2013, Sibu Lorry Association identified the land as a suitable place for members to park their lorries.
The then Minister of Local Government and Community Development had recommended to the State government that the association use it to solve the long-standing issue of lorry parking.
“At that time, it was thought that the government would not require the land for at least the next two decades. Based on what I know, it was agreed that the land would be relinquished if the government needed it. As there were no objections from both JKR (Public Works Department) and Land and Survey Department, the land was converted for use by Sibu Lorry Association,” he pointed out.
However, he said that Sarawak Energy Berhad (Sarawak Energy) wants the land for its pylon, which is used for carrying electricity cable high above the ground.
Lee said he wanted the Land and Survey Department to brief him on what had transpired from Sarawak Energy so far.
“Furthermore, are there any alternative sits for the association, and where would that be? As for Sarawak Energy, is this site the only place for the pylon?” he asked. — DayakDaily