A boon to rural development

Abang Johari

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Infrastructure development in rural areas will be further enhanced with the construction of the coastal road network.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said with the construction of the coastal road network, it would allow infrastructure projects as well as projects to equip areas with water and electricity amenities to be included in the development plan.

He said this to reporters after officiating at the launch of a project to upgrade five roundabouts along the Kuching-Samarahan Expressway on Saturday.

Abang Johari said with the completion of the coastal road, it would allow for greater mobility for residents, hence would enable to population to spread out.

“People will no longer need to buy houses in the city and the city can be planned organically. I also feel that in the next ten years, the coastal villages will be upgraded in terms of infrastructure,” he said.

On better population management, the chief minister said with foreign company Taiyo Yuden set to expand its operations in state, the Sama Jaya Industrial area would have another 5,000 more workers.

“As you can imagine from the number of traffic resulting from the investment coming up from Samajaya, this means that the whole of Kuching needs to be equipped with dual carriageway.

“This will also ease investors to set up operations here in Kuching as it is the capital city of Sarawak.

Abang Johari said the Kuching-Samarahan Expressway would also be connected to Santubong, Lundu and Sematan — Sarawak’s tourism areas.

“On the other side, we will upgrade the road to Bau into double carriageway and we will have one long loop that covers the tourism area as well as our industrial area,” he said.