Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (seated in excavator) performing the earth-breaking ceremony for the Sungai Maong-Segedup road project at Kampung Segedup in Batu Kawa, Kuching yesterday.

KUCHING: The completion of the Jalan Sungai Maong-Segedup Road will enhance infrastructure development in the surrounding areas.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said once the road project was completed, the next plan was to build more affordable houses for the local people.

“This is what the Sarawak government is going to do for the people. It will be similar to  what we have done in Sungai Midin, Semariang and Sungai Kemunyan, Sibu areas,” he said in his opening speech before the groundbreaking ceremony of the project at Lorong 10, Kampung Segedup, Batu Kawa yesterday (June 30).

Abang Johari said since the state was rapidly expanding, there was a need to build more roads, bridges and houses for the people.

“The Sarawak government has an organised   development plan which will benefit the state and its people,” he said.

Abang Johari, who is also Satok assemblyman, added Sarawak was fortunate to be  in good hands.

The state, he said, would focus on implementing continuous developments.

Abang Johari (third left), with Deputy Chief Minister and Infrastructure and Port Development Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing (left), Senior Minister (Infrastructure Cluster) and Work Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusuf (second left) and others, takes a look at the project plan while being briefed by a JKR officer. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

“There are certain parties which asked ‘Bena sik Abang Jo tok’ (Is Abang Jo for real?).

“All these development plans take time to complete, so of course they cannot be completed in just a few days. Likewise, Rome was not built in one day.”

Abang Johari said in his 42 months as the chief minister, he had focused on development.  In the past 22 months, there were challenges due to the cancellation of many projects by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.

“But we have our own ways to make sure these projects continue. Don’t worry, we won’t go bankrupt as claimed by someone before.

“As it develops the urban areas, the state also focuses on developing the rural areas as well so that there is no gap between the areas. The people can enjoy all the roads, bridges, water and electricity supplies,” he said.

Abang Johari added with the ongoing development in the state,   Sarawak would definitely transform into the most developed state in Malaysia by 2030.

“What is also important is that Sarawak must remain united so that the people can enjoy continuous progress and prosperity,” he said.