GPS focuses on development politics

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KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government is a government that focuses on the unity and harmony of its people and the state’s infrastructural development.

“This is what we call development politics. We do not conduct politics like other parties and we only focus on unity, harmony and development of Sarawak,” said Demak Laut incumbent Dr Hazland Abang Hipni.

Dr Hazland said this when speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Sungai Sarawak – Sejingkat Bridge and Second Kuching – Samarahan Trunk Road, here on Sunday (Nov 21).

He said the bridge and road projects are an example of GPS’ commitment to development politics and would benefit the 55,000 Demak Laut constituents, among others.

“The land area of Demak Laut is half of Negeri Sembilan, or as large as the state of Melaka.

“With this new bridge, this will make their journey easier and shorten the time and improve the economy of the people not only in the Sejingkat and Tanjung Bako areas, but up to Bako and Muara Tebas, including Samariang, Tupong, Satok as well as Samarahan,” he added.

The project is part of the RM11 billion Coastal Road and Second Trunk Road Network commissioned by the state government.

It is aimed at reducing traffic congestion during peak hours along the Kuching – Samarahan Expressway, a new alternative road linking Kuching and Samarahan including a cable-stayed bridge over Sungai Sarawak at Sejingkat, which is currently under construction.

“This will give an exponential impact for infrastructure development of adjacent coastal areas and a catalyst to the transformation of socio – economic development of Sarawak’s Central Region in agriculture, aquaculture, biotechnology and so on,” he said.

The Sungai Sarawak – Sejingkat Bridge is scheduled to be completed within 48 months (by July 2023) while the second Kuching – Samarahan Trunk Road will take 24 months to complete (in August 2023).

A two-lane single carriageway road with JKR R5 standard from the roundabout to the Batang Samarahan Bridge’s roundabout will also be completed by June 2024 to augment the Sarawak Coastal Road and Second Trunk Road by providing a more direct and efficient route.

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