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Dialogue series on coastal road, bridges heads to Sarikei
Posted on : 26 Jul 2017  Source of News: The Borneo Post
 

Dialogue series on coastal road, bridges heads to Sarikei

July 26, 2017, Wednesday

(Front, from left) Huang, Julaihi, Dr Jerip and Ding in a photo-call with community leaders after the dialogue session.

KUCHING: The Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Transportation (MIDT) is running a series of dialogues with local community leaders pertaining to the construction of the state’s coastal road and bridges.

Similar sessions were held in Pusa on July 12 concerning the construction of Saribas bridge, and in Sebuyau on July 21 on the Batang Lupar bridge.

Yesterday, MIDT held one with local community leaders, and local assemblymen pertaining to the proposed road project from Sarikei to Tanjung Manis, including the Batang Rajang bridge.

The dialogue at Sarikei Resident’s Office was chaired by Assistant Minister of Coastal Road Datuk Julaihi Narawi, and was attended by Assistant Minister of Transportation Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, Meradong and Repok assemblymen Datuk Ding Kuong Hing and Dato Sri Huang Tiong Sii respectively, and MIDT permanent secretary Safri

Zainuddin.

In his remarks, Julaihi said the state government is working with the federal government to intensify the development of the coastal road to uplift the social economy of the people in those areas.

This, he pointed out, is in line with the government’s aspiration to transform rural and coastal areas towards a developed nation.

“The state government is aware of the aspiration of the people along the coastal belt from Lundu to Kuala Tatau and further north, who also want to enjoy the development brought by the Pan Borneo Highway project.

“So for that reason, the state and federal government are working hard to intensify the development of coastal road,” he said.

Julaihi pointed out that the development of the coastal road would have a multiple spin-off effect on those living along the coastal belt, including coastal towns.

He added that the proposed Sarikei-Tanjung Manis road and Batang Rajang bridge would benefit the local community, and aid the mobility of goods from Tanjung Manis to cities and towns like Kuching, Sri Aman, Bintulu and Miri.

The projects, he said, would also reduce travelling time; thus greatly reducing transportation costs. It would also attract investors to invest in the Tanjung Manis Halal Hub, he added.