Ng Ngungun-Temalat Road scheduled for completion on Dec 20 – Masing

Masing (standing 3rd right) and PWD engineers during the site visit today.

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Oct 2: As the 9.6km Ng Ngungun-Temalat Road is still under construction, motorists are advised not to use it until its scheduled completion on Dec 20 this year, said Minister of Infrastructure and Port Development Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.

However, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and his convoy of motorcyclists can use the road this coming Sunday

“Today, I have inspected the 9.6 km Ng Ngungun-Tamalat Road. 8.6 km is completely tar-sealed, while the remaining 1km is half-lane but already tar-sealed.

“In short, that 9.6km is safe for CM (and his convoy) to drive through this coming Sunday,” Masing said in a statement issued here today.

However, he advised the Public Work Department (PWD) to close the road from Oct 7 onward until the whole stretch is completed by Dec 20 so that the contractor can finish the road construction soonest.

“If there is any untoward accident involving the public, the project can face further delay.

“So, my advice to people of Kapit and Song is to be patience. You have waited for 57 years for this link road. Please wait for another three months,” he said.

He reiterated that since the Ng Ngungun-Temalat Road is still under construction, it would not be safe for road users while construction is ongoing.

The 9.6km Ng Ngungun-Temalat Road is still under construction.

“But to meet the needs of the motorists while the Ng Ngungun-Temalat Road is completed, the government has spent RM10 million to upgrade the alternative road for people of Kapit and Song to use while the 9.6km is under construction. Please be patience till December 20, 2020.

“If it’s not because of Movement Control Order (MCO) due the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, the link road would be completed by Oct 20,” said Masing.

On Monday, DayakDaily had reported that the road has only 200 metres left to be tar-sealed.

However, Masing reiterated and clarified that the stretch has been completed but with only half lane has been tar-sealed  to allow the Chief Minister to view the progress of the road this coming Sunday.-DayakDaily