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Sibu-Kapit Road to be completed by 2020 – Masing
Tarikh : 28 Oct 2017
 

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing

KUCHING: The much anticipated 120 km Sibu-Kapit Road will be completed by 2020 with the allocation of RM120 million for the 9.5 km missing link between Ng Ngunggun and Temalat in Song, to be implemented under the 2018 budget, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing.

He added that the road would link up with the proposed Baleh hydro-electricity power (HEP) Dam, a further 73 km upriver. That stretch of road is expected to cost RM1.2 billion.

The Baleh access road was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tub Razak in his 2018 Budget Speech telecast live over TV1 and TV3 yesterday.

Masing who is also the State assemblyman for Balleh said the road will not only provide accessibility to the people in Kapit but it will also open up vast tracts of land for commercial farming.

“The road will provide better accessibility to the rural areas and with that, it can assist the rural people to have stable income through land development such as oil palm plantations. We need to create job opportunities for the local people. Otherwise they will be seeking greener pastures somewhere else,” he said here yesterday.

Masing who is also Minister of Infrastructure Development and Transportation pointed out that without proper planning, the state will not be able to bid for more funding from the Federal Government.

“In the next few years, Sarawak must plan for its infrastructure development including coastal and second expressway so that we can bid for more fund, for example like the coastal highway from Selangor to Perak at the cost of RM5billion. If we don’t have roads or highways being planned, how can we bid for fund as they do in Peninsular Malaysia. That’s why my ministry is planning for coastal highways, second expressways and bridges with total costs of no less than RM5 billion,” he added.