Stutong Baru, 7th Mile residents frustrated over delay in access road construction

Yap (third right) together with SUPP members at the site of the approved access road connecting Stutong Baru to Jalan Sungai Tapang.

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KUCHING, Oct 28: The business community and residents of Stutong Baru and 7th Mile have expressed dissatisfaction over the delayed construction of an access road to the southern side of Kuching International Airport which was approved by the Ministry of Works on January 11, 2018.

They recently approached Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Public Complaints Bureau to highlight to both the federal and state governments the importance of the access road which can solve and alleviate traffic congestion in the area during peak hours.

According to bureau chief Wilfred Yap in a statement, once completed, the access road connecting Stutong Baru with Jalan Sungai Tapang would shorten travel time for road users going to and from the Muara Tuang area to Kuching as they can by-pass the 6th Mile intersection and Kuching International Airport.

“SUPP Public Complaints Bureau hopes that the government would always place the needs of the people for infrastructure development as top priority. In this case, the completion of the access road will not only ease traffic congestion but will also create efficiency by reducing the time wasted in traffic jams which could be better used to drive economic opportunities,” he highlighted.

Yap, who is also SUPP Kota Sentosa branch chairman also hoped that both governments will put ‘people over politics’ and work together with the Public Works Department to ensure that the construction and completion of the access road on the south side of Kuching International Airport will not be delayed any further.

Meanwhile, SUPP Public Complaints Bureau is always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone facing problems or who come across problems of public interest but do not know how to deal with it.

“Anyone requiring assistance can always call SUPP Public Complaint’s mobile number at 016-7797688 or 082-246999 or go direct to the SUPP head office to request for assistance,” Yap added. — DayakDaily