File Photo: Abang Johari (left) officiating at the earth-breaking ceremony for Miri Hospital’s additional building project here on Tuesday (Oct 27). Also seen are Fadillah (second left), Dr Sim (fifth right, partially hidden), and Lee (third right).

MIRI: Last Tuesday (Oct 27), Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg officiated at the earth-breaking ceremony of Miri Hospital’s new building extension at Jalan Cahaya here.

The new seven-storey building will be able to accommodate 327 beds once it is completed in October 2023.

Abang Johari said the construction of the extension is part of the state government’s initiative to provide infrastructure for efficient medical treatment in town areas.

He also asserted the necessity of road connectivity for rural folk who are seeking better healthcare facilities.

Hence, road projects under the Highland Development Agency (HDA) will be implemented at remote areas in Sarawak’s northern region.

New Sarawak Tribune managed to talk to some people regarding this matter.

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Penghulu Randi Elon

1. Penghulu Randi Elon

“It is something that we have been waiting for and I believe that the construction of the road will ease the people’s commute from Limbang, Lawas, Mulu and Marudi.”

Donny Bayong

2. Donny Bayong

“With the road network, it would not only shorten our travel time, but it is also very crucial in times of emergency.”

Lambor Joseph

3.  Lambor Joseph

“Proper road connectivity ensures that medical supplies, food and other essential goods are delivered to rural folk.”

Wivy Ibrahim

4. Wivy Ibrahim

“It is very important for the people, especially those in rural areas as they have experienced difficulties in transporting their goods, travelling from one point to another.”

Jenah Saib

5. Jenah Saib

“It will definitely improve the mobility of rural folk. The state government has made significant efforts to improve the road situation at remote areas.”

Liza Ibrahim

6. Liza Ibrahim

“A massive budget has been set aside to finance road construction for the interior areas. Good road connectivity plays a crucial role in economic development.”