Ulu Suai road to be resurfaced, ending 30-year wait for local population

Masing (3rd right) performing the 'Miring' at the lounghouse after the earth breaking ceremony.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Aug 7: The 19km road stretch in Ulu Suai will be resurfaced next month, bringing relief to some 7,000 people in the area who had waited for good road connectivity for nearly 30 years.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing said the resurfacing work, using advanced technology and new methods, is expected to be completed within 18 months (March 2021).

“This project is proof of the Sarawak government’s commitment in bringing development to the rural community.

“Once completed, the road will serve the local communities in four villages, 14 longhouses, better access to a clinic, four schools and three oil palm plantations within the area,” he said when officiating at the earth breaking ceremony for the RM80 million project at Rh Libau Usang in Suai, Niah, some 97km from here.

Masing (third right) ready to perform the earth breaking.

“I know, villagers in this area have been waiting for a long time (30 years) for this project to be carried out.

“In fact, the earth breaking ceremony for the project had been done twice previously. This time around it would definitely materialise. Third time’s a charm,” said Masing, who is also Infrastructure Development and Transportation Minister.

He assured that Sarawak government is looking to improve rural infrastructure so that the rural community can benefit from development projects.

On another note, Masing expressed hope that the people would rally behind the state government and continue to give their undivided support. — DayakDaily