Ting Pek Khiing constructed BDC-Jalan Tun Jugah-Stutong flyover within one year yet Mile 6, 7 flyovers still incomplete

Michael Kong

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KUCHING, June 4: If the late businessman Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing could construct the more complex BDC-Jalan Tun Jugah-Stutong flyover within a year back in 2012, why are the Mile 6 and 7 flyovers still not done after more than five years?

This was the question raised by Democratic Action Party Socialist Youth (Dapsy) Kuching chief Michael Kong, saying that the flyover project commenced in 2016, but the completion date has been delayed four times now.

He said the flyovers were initially expected to be operational by October 2020, before the completion date was postponed to June 2021, then April 2022, June 2022, and now July 2022.

“The question in the minds of many members of the public is ‘Why the consistent delay?’. We are not taking away the fact that there were delays due to the termination of the project delivery partner or MCO (movement control order).

“But all these have been factored in for the first revised completion date of October 2020. So, why is there a consistent delay over the past one year and eight months?” he said in a statement today.

Kong said any road users along Jalan Penrissen would have noticed only a handful of workers at the flyover construction site at any point in time, thus questioning the efficiency of contractors in delivering the projects.

“It is time for the contractors to buck up and work round the clock if needed. The same goes for JKR (Public Works Department) Sarawak, who is in charge of the project,” he said.

Kong also called on Kota Sentosa assemblyman Wilfred Yap to escalate this issue to the authorities. As an elected representative, the latter is accountable for providing answers to whatever concerns his constituents have. — DayakDaily