KUCHING: Roads in Sarawak especially in the rural areas need improvement if they are to be considered on par with West Malaysia.
In stating this, Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said that next year would be 60 years since we formed Malaysia but our roads are not as good compared to roads in West Malaysia, and there needs to be an immediate upgrade.
“With the appointment of Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi as the new Works Minister, I believe he would understand the current situation and the dire need of good road systems especially in the rural areas.
“Previously, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof who was the Works Minister, has made improvements of coastal roads leading into the rural areas and now Datuk Seri Alexander who I believe our Prime Minister must have taken into account that our roads in the rural areas needs significant upgrades,” he said.
He added that Nanta’s constituency is in Kapit, which is an area outside of the city and he would certainly understand the complexity of the road situation in the rural areas.
In addition to that, Abdul Karim also pointed out that signages along the roads in the rural areas is another thing which needs further updating.
“We will have to work with the local councils, I know that in the urban areas, signages are quite up to date.
“However, signages along the rural areas are quite bad and this could cause visitors to get lost.
“Perhaps for locals, they might be familiar with the areas but this would not be the case for visitors or tourists,” he stressed.
He also hopes that further actions be made by local councils to improve signages along the roads in rural areas.