KUCHING, August 25: The state government is serious and committed in wanting to build rural roads because rural dwellers deserve to have ease of access to urban centres, and this is something See Chee How — the special officer to the Works Ministry — must understand.
Political secretary to the Chief Minister Charles Chad Nissom said the lack of road connectivity had hindered communications and hampered the government’s intention to bring up the rural areas.
“The proposed second trunk road will definitely help solve rural inaccessibly in the near future to a huge extent,” said Charles, who is also Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Youth exco member, in a statement today.
He said See, who is also Batu Lintang assemblyman, must understand that the proposed trunk road, when materialised, would be “very beneficial to rural dwellers”.
In the construction of roads, Charles pointed out, it was normal for the plans to change during the implementation stage after taking into account the topography of the land and land issues.
“Therefore, See’s contention that the later road plan differs in length, distance or travel time from the original plan is not a matter of substantial significance for now.
“The crux of the issue lies in how relevant overall road connectivity can be delivered to the rural areas,” stressed Charles, adding that the bottom line is that the rural communities must have road accessibility.
“I urge See to explore further with the Works Ministry, now that he is in the position to do so, and see how he could assist the state to fund the project,” said Charles. — DayakDaily