Proposed ‘STOLport’ to begin construction soon

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

SPAOH: The anticipated Bebuling short take-off and landing airport (STOLport), which costs an estimated RM108.1 million, is expected to begin construction soon and completed within 30 months.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Uggah said that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg would hand over the project construction agreement document to its successful tender bidder, D.A.L Keluarga Realty Cara Raya JV Sdn Bhd, here today.

He said this is part of Abang Johari’s visit to Spaoh in the “Janji Ditepati” programme.

“At the same function, he will also hand over the same document to another company, Bario Development Corporation Sdn Bhd, for the construction of the new Sungai Paku bridge at Jalan Tanjung Sebekut,” he said.

He said the iconic RM26.75 million bridge is scheduled to be ready in 30 months as well.

Earlier, when speaking at a ground breaking ceremony for the Debak Sports Complex today (April 9), Uggah said all these projects proved that Abang Johari does not only announce the approval of projects but is committed in seeing them being implemented.

“The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government, since four years ago, has been focussing on bringing projects to rural areas.

“The government’s next focus is to help rural folk generate income from their land through modern farming,” he said.

With the state election approaching, the Bukit Saban assemblyman warned the people against the presence of those bent on discrediting the government, spreading lies and making empty promises.

“Let us all reject these langau (blow flies),” he said.

Uggah added the state government approved a sum of RM60 million to help oil palm and pepper farmers, and also set asiden a sum of RM20 for fishermen (including those offshore) to buy equipment.

“Assistance in the form of fertiliser subsidies would also be delivered this year,” he said.

On the Covid-19 pandemic, Uggah who is the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee chairman again advised rural folk to inform their respective district offices first if they were to hold a wedding, funeral or other social gatherings.

“The district office can help in crowd control and they can get People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) personnel to help ensure the standard operating procedures (SOPs) are adhered to.

“We must never be complacent. In the last two months, we have seen spikes in cases from such gatherings in longhouses and villages,” he said.

He also advised those who had yet to register themselves for the Covid-19 vaccine to do so.

“In the Betong division, about 72 percent of its population have registered themselves,” said Uggah.