New Sibu-Dalat route to spur economic growth in Jemoreng, Bawang Assan, Dalat constituencies

Fatimah (seated middle row, centre) and others in a group photo after officiating the Pesta Kaul Kut Muara festival in Dalat on June 2, 2024. Photo credit: Ukas

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, June 3: Women, Childhood, and Community Wellbeing Development (KPWK) Sarawak Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah has stated that the Sibu-Dalat route is expected to boost economic growth and development in three constituencies: N44 Jemoreng, N53 Bawang Assan, and N56 Dalat.

According to a Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas) news report, Fatimah told Deputy Prime Minister Dato Sri Fadillah Yusof about the project during a recent meeting.


“We met with the Deputy Prime Minister, YB Dato Fadillah, and informed him that this project benefits N56 Dalat, N44 Jemoreng, and the Bawang Assan area.

“The Kut Muara to Bungan route, listed as number four under KKDW in RMK-12, spans nine kilometres and has been approved with a budget of RM130 million.

“As of now, assessments are being conducted in July, and a consultant will be appointed in collaboration with the federal JKR (Public Works Department) in September,” she was quoted as saying.

Fatimah made the remarks during the closing ceremony of Kaul Sg Kut Muara at the Kut Muara Seberang Multipurpose Hall in Dalat yesterday (June 2).

The minister also stated that the project is expected to begin in January 2026 once the alignment and related matters are completed.

Fatimah, who also serves as Dalat assemblywoman, added that she had requested the Sarawak government to build a road connecting Sibu to Mukah via Sungai Pinang, Bungan Besar, Bungan Kecil, Sg Kut Muara, Kekan Seberang, and Medong Seberang.

She noted that a bridge will also be constructed to complete the road alignment.

“The Kekan Seberang to Medong Seberang section has also been approved by the Sarawak government. It is 14 kilometres long with a cost of RM140 million.

“Once completed, the journey from Sibu to Dalat will only take one hour.

“The construction of this road will boost the development of Sungai Kut Muara, as it lies along the main route. We are grateful to the federal and Sarawak governments.”

Furthermore, Fatimah highlighted that development in Kut Muara will be accelerated through the construction of riverfront phases 1, 2, and 3, which will include public toilets and parking facilities.

Meanwhile, various activities were held to celebrate the Kaul Festival from May 27 to 31, 2024.

These activities included a village-wide netball competition, a cheerful children’s contest with a magical fantasy theme, a karaoke competition, a sepak takraw competition, a fashion show competition, and a ‘besaug’ competition.

At the same event, Fatimah also presented a Phase 3 2024 Minor Rural Project (MRP) cheque worth RM2,800 to the SK ST Jude Parents-Teachers Association, Kampung Kekan, in conjunction with the participation of schools in the Sarawak-level Malaysian school dance competition 2024. — DayakDaily