State government to enhance road connectivity linking the interior of Sarawak

Abang Johari delivering his speech during the leaders-meet-the-people event at Kampung Punang Lama today (Sept 28, 2020). Photo Credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (UKAS).

By Adrian Lim

LAWAS, Sept 28: The Sarawak government will enhance road connectivity network especially roads linking the interior areas of Sarawak.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state government will connect the northern region of Sarawak from Miri to Bario and also the interior of Sarawak from Kapit to Bintulu.

“We want to improve the whole of Sarawak. Next week, I will be going to Kapit.

“If last time, going to Kapit have to use an express boat, with roads (connectivity), I will ride my motorbike to travel from Sibu to Kapit when the road connectivity is completed.

“It takes one hour and forty minutes to travel from Sibu to Kapit by road.

“We will also build roads from Kapit to Sungai Mujong and with the construction of a bridge (crossing over the river), and roads to Baleh, Baleh to Belaga and Belaga to Bintulu.

“We are not just constructing coastal roads,” he said during the leaders-meet-the-people session at Kampung Punang Lama here today.

Earlier, Abang Johari said the state government will build roads from Miri to Limbang and from Limbang to Lawas and Lawas going to Ba’kelalan.

He added the state government might build roads from Ba’kelalan to Bario in the future.

On another note, Abang Johari who is Economic Planning and Finance Minister said the state government will also upgrade the dilapidated schools in Sarawak.

He recalled that the former Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government has delayed the repair of the dilapidated schools while the state government had to repay the loans owed to the federal government first before the federal government will repair the dilapidated schools.

In explaining the point, Abang Johari pointed out that it is the responsibilities of the federal government to provide allocation for the repairing and upgrading of the dilapidated schools as they have collected corporate taxes and other taxes from Sarawak.

Among those present at the event were his wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Deputy Minister of Rural Development Datuk Henry Sum Agong, Deputy Transport Minister Hasbi Habibollah, Assistant Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, Assistant Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Datuk Naroden Majais and community leaders.—DayakDaily