Sarawak gov’t plans to place Sebauh under Bintulu Development Authority jurisdiction

Abang Johari (centre) launching BDA strategic plan towards 2030 during its 45th anniversary celebration in Bintulu on July 14, 2023.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, July 14: The Sarawak government is planning to place Sebauh under Bintulu Development Authority’s (BDA) jurisdiction.

Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said the period between 2020 to 2030 marks the second wave of development for BDA and the government has outlined several plans to expand areas under BDA’s jurisdiction.

“We are currently engaged in discussions regarding the incorporation of Sebauh into BDA.

“We believe that proper planning for Bintulu and its surrounding areas is crucial. As Bintulu has become the spread out city, it is essential that development aligns with the demands of the high-tech era and embraces green economy principles, where its environment must be of low carbon,” he said when officiating BDA’s 45th anniversary celebration dinner at a hotel in Bintulu which was streamed live by Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas) tonight.

Abang Johari, who is also BDA chairman, congratulated BDA for launching its strategic plan in line with the Post-Covid Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030.

He also expressed delight that the physical structure of cable-stayed bridge, which bears resemblance to the iconic San Francisco bridge, is now up.

“It will certainly become an iconic landmark for Bintulu (and that) it will connect Bintulu proper to areas being planned and implemented in Jepak Jaya.

“This development will undoubtedly enhance the overall environment of Bintulu. Currently, we want to conduct an engagement with the community in Jepak to ensure their active participation in this development through proper and smart housing in Jepak Jaya,” he added.

Abang Johari emphasised that the development plan for Bintulu towards 2030 also aims to establish autonomous rapid transit (ART) to connect Samalaju- Kidurong with Bintulu proper and extending up to Jepak.

“This modern transportation infrastructure will greatly benefit the towns and cities in the Bintulu area,” he added.

Sarawak Secretary Datuk Amar Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki and BDA general manager Datu Muhamad Yakup Kari were among those present. — DayakDaily