S’wak greenlights cable-stayed bridge connecting Piasau to Miri Marina, akin to San Francisco bridges

Abang Johari (third right) receiving a souvenir from Abdillah during the ‘Majlis Ramah Tamah Lembaga Amanah Kebajikan Melayu Miri’ held tonight (April 15, 2024) at a hotel in Miri. Source: Ukas live screenshot

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, April 15: The Sarawak government has approved the construction of a bridge that will span across the river, connecting Piasau near the Piasau Nature Reserve to the Miri Marina in Miri.

According to Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, the Piasau bridge will be a cable-stayed bridge similar to those in San Francisco, such as the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the well-known Golden Gate Bridge.

“This cable-stayed bridge is similar to those in San Francisco, which we will build in Miri. So this bridge will become an iconic landmark,” Abang Johari said during his speech at the ‘Majlis Ramah Tamah Lembaga Amanah Kebajikan Melayu Miri’, which took place tonight at a hotel in Miri.

He went on to say that Miri is poised to transform into a bustling resort city, boasting Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation) sites and an iconic bridge.

Kalau Kuching ada Jambatan Darul Hana, maka kita ada jambatan ikonik di Miri. Nama bagi jambatan saya tidak tahu tapi kita polah jambatan itu dulu (If Kuching has the Darul Hana Bridge, Miri also has an iconic bridge. I don’t know what the bridge’s name is, but let’s build it first),” he added.

Additionally, the Premier revealed that the State has officially submitted the necessary documentation to Unesco in order to seek recognition for the Niah National Park in Miri as a potential Unesco World Heritage Site.

“We are entering the last stage. Niah National Park is currently in the final stages of selection.

“God willing, if everything goes as planned, Niah National Park will be designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

“As a result, the tourism sector associated with Unesco sites will become even more vibrant,” Abang Johari remarked.

The ceremony was graced by Sarawak Head of State (TYT) Tun Pehin Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and his wife, Toh Puan Fauziah Mohd Sanusi.

The event was attended by various dignitaries and officials, including Abang Johari’s wife, Puan Sri Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang; Dewan Negara president Datuk Mutang Tagal; Sarawak Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan; Utility and Telecommunications (MUT) Sarawak Minister Datuk Sri Julaihi Narawi; Transport Sarawak (MOTS) Minister Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin; and Lembaga Amanah Kebajikan Melayu Miri chairman Dato Abdillah Abdul Rahim. — DayakDaily