By Ling Hui
KUCHING, May 20: Sibu, the hub of Sarawak Central Region, is calling to have direct flights to Singapore, says Bukit Assek assemblyman Joseph Chieng Jin Ek.
“Since there are direct flights from Singapore to the North Region, Miri and the South Region, Kuching, it is the right time for Sibu, the Central Region to call for a direct flight to Singapore.
“The new flight route between Sibu and Singapore enables promoting our tourism industry, cultural exchange, business and investment opportunities at the Central Region of Sarawak,” he said when debating the Governor’s speech at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting here today.
Meanwhile, Chieng also proposed to the Sarawak Cabinet to approve the construction of a new linked duo road from Jalan Wong King Huo to Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, and others to divert heavy traffic at the area.
He said the people of Sibu has been anticipating this road construction project, hoping that it would solve the issue of traffic congestion that is only getting worse these days.
“In addition to being more crowded during the festive season, roads such as Jalan Tong Sang, Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai, Jalan Wong King Huo and so on are also quite congested at ordinary times, and they are getting worse.
“This shows that the number of vehicles in Sibu is increasing, but unfortunately no new linked roads have been built particularly within Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) jurisdictions to alleviate this problem,” he said.
Chieng said he had reported several times to relevant agencies, and even sought relevant funding from the Sarawak Ministry of Transport through SMC to conduct research on traffic flow in Sibu to help come up with a comprehensive traffic and town plan for Sibu. — DayakDaily