SIBU: Less than a month after winning the 12th state election, the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government has already begun fulfilling its election manifesto pledges here, said Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
The deputy chief minister told a press conference here on Saturday (Jan 8) that among the manifesto pledges that were fulfilled was upgrading Jalan Oya.
He announced that an allocation of RM22.8 million had been approved for the Jalan Oya upgrading project for the first phase which involved a 1.44-kilometre road.
“The project is scheduled to be completed in 2024 within 24 months. It involves upgrading the road to two lanes,” he said.
Earlier, he attended a meeting with the Public Works Department (JKR), Land and Survey Department and Sibu Municipal Council (MPS) at Wisma Sanyan here.
The meeting was also attended by Assistant Public Health, Housing and Local Government Minister Michael Tiang Ming Tee, Senator Robert Lau Hui Yew and MPS chairman Clarence Ting Ing Horh.
With the implementation of the project, Dr Sim said the GPS government had fulfilled its manifesto pledge in the last election to continue providing the best infrastructure facilities to the people.
As such, he asked road users to cooperate with the contractor during the upgrading work.
The Batu Kawa assemblyman added that the project to upgrade Jalan Oya for the first phase involved the road in front of Sugarbun Jalan Oya, Jalan Pahlawan and Jalan Deshon.
Meanwhile, Tiang later said he would apply for allocation for the second phase of the Jalan Oya upgrading project.
According to him, the second phase will commence shortly after the first phase is completed.
He revealed that the project under the Projek Rakyat programme involved an allocation of RM40 million.
“The project to upgrade the 1.7-kilometre road starts in front of SMK St Elizabeth to the Wong King Huo Road traffic light junction,” explained the Pelawan assemblyman.