Sarawak delegation visits 42km-long bridge

Masing (sixth right), Chan (fourth right), Julaihi (fifth right) and Safri (sixth left) in a group photograph with Pearl Harbour personnel.

KUCHING, March 19: Representatives from the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Transportation (MIDT) recently visited the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HKZMB) which will be officially opened this July.

Its Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing who is on the official trip to visit the bridge said the 42km-long bridge links the Hong Kong Airport to Macao and Zhuhai on the mainland.

“It was mooted in 1983 and due for completion in 2018. We were invited by China Harbour to see the bridge before it opens in July 2018.”

“The cost is USD16 billion. It took 35 years to build, from proposal to completion,” Masing who is also Deputy Chief Minister told DayakDaily today.

The 42km-long HKZMB will be a new landmark for China.

Among those joining the trip were former Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri George Chan, Assistant Minister of Coastal Road Datuk Julaihi Narawai and MIDT Permanent Secretary Datu Safri Zainudin.

HKZMB is a bridge-tunnel system consisting of three bridges, an undersea tunnel and three artificial islands.

The whole system links three major cities on the Pearl River Delta in China — Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai.

It is among the longest fixed-links in the world and will be a new landmark for China after its opening. — DayakDaily