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New bridge named as Tan Sri Sulaiman Daud Bridge
Posted on : 19 Apr 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post Online

New bridge named as Tan Sri Sulaiman Daud Bridge

April 19, 2018, Thursday Rintos Mail


Abang Johari (fourth left) cutting the ribbon to launch the four-lane road from Stapok to Matang and the new Tan Sri Sulaiman Daud bridge in Kuching today. Also seen (from left) are Dr Sim, Fadillah, Juma’ani, Masing and Wan Junaidi. – Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: The new bridge across the Sarawak River connecting Stapok, Batu Kawa and E-Mart, Matang has been named as the Tan Sri Sulaiman Daud Bridge.

The announcement was made by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The Chief Minister said he had decided to name the bridge as Tan Sri Sulaiman Daud to aknowledge his great contributions to the development of the area as well as to the state at large.

“The late Tan Sri Sulaiman had contributed a lot to the development of Petra Jaya and Santubong.

“In education he was responsible in bringing UiTM and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) here when he was Minister of Education.

“In acknowledging his contribution to the area and Sarawak I now declare that the new bridge which connects Batu Kawa and Matang is name as the Tan Sri Sulaiman Daud Bridge,” he said at the launch of the four-lane road from Stapok to Matang and the new bridge at Metrocity here today.

Abang Johari believed that the four-lane road and the new bridge would help reduce traffic congestion along Satok Bridge, Jalan Satok and Jalan Kulas.

He said the RM122 million project, which included a 320-meter new bridge across the Sarawak River project is a clear evident of the Barisan Nasional government’s fulfilled promises.

“The projects were promised by the previous leaders and today we see it is being delivered,” he said.

Abang Johari noted that the implementation of the project is a government’s initiative in providing alternative roads to reduce traffic flow, especially along Jalan Satok and Jalan Kulas, which is unable to accommodate the traffic flow from Matang area especially for the route to Kuching City, Kuching International Airport and Kuching Sentral at peak times.

The Federal Government has approved an allocation of RM145 million for this project which has commenced construction in April 2015.

With the completion of this new road and bridge, the journey from Matang to Kuching International Airport, Kuching Sentral is estimated to be reduced by 15 to 30 minutes at peak times.

Among those present at the launching were Abang Johari’s wife Datin Patinggi Dato Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing, Works Minister and Petra Jaya incumbent Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, Natural Resources and Environment Minister and Santubong incumbent Dato Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.