Sungai Samarahan ferry service set for March 2021 completion

Violet Yong showing the letter by Ministry of Infrastructure and Port Development Sarawak on the ferry service project.

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By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Dec 30: Villagers and visitors to the area will soon enjoy better connectivity between Samarahan and Beliong after the completion of a ferry service project in 2021.

According to a letter by Ministry of Infrastructure and Port Development Sarawak addressed to Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong, the project undertaken by JKR Sarawak will be done sometime in March 2021, after the completion of infrastructure works such as fender, ferry ramp, access road and others.

Speaking at a press conference today, Yong said JKR was currently finalising a 24-car capacity ferry to operate across Sungai Samarahan to Kampung Beliong.

According to the ministry, the said ferry service was considered sufficient to serve the area.

Presently, villagers and visitors to Kampung Beliong, located some 60 km from here, have to use small sampans to cross the river.

On May 2019, Yong had written a letter to the ministry, requesting for the construction of bridge and road connectivity between Kuching, Samarahan and Beliong.

“The ferry service would make it easier for villagers who are mostly farmers to commute, market their agricultural produce as well as create opportunities for them to find jobs in Kuching city.

“I am glad to note that the ministry has considered the plight of villagers and visitors in this area. I also urged JKR Sarawak to implement this project on time,” Yong said.

It is understood that Kampung Beliong is also a favourite place among city folks and foreign visitors because of the Fuk Teck K’ung Temple.

Visitors will go to the temple to pray for good health, good fortune, and peace.

“Once the ferry service start operation, not only will it help the villagers in terms of travel convenience, it will also help to boost the tourism industry,” Yong said.

She also asserted that although Beliong is not under her area, she was willing to assist members of the public who seek her help in raising issues. —DayakDaily