BALINGIAN: The Sarawak government has approved RM30 million each for the construction of the Penakub Ulu Bridge and the Tellian bypass road.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said these were among the development projects requested by Balingian assemblyman Abdul Yakub Arbi.
“When you look at Mukah, Balingian is part of it.
“Your elected representative (Abdul Yakub) is very smart. He requested for the bypass road so that this road from Mukah to Dalat and Dalat to Balingian will be linked to the coastal road.
“This means that Mukah will have a circular road connecting all the surrounding areas including the longhouses,” the chief minister said during the Anjung Selera Balingian ground breaking ceremony at the Balingian Community Hall on Sunday (April 11).
Abang Johari added the bridge project would also be implemented to enhance connectivity for the people.
“We want to increase the basic infrastructure in the Balingian area and there are already ongoing projects being implemented for the people.
“These include the Anjung Selara project and upgrading of the town among others which will be developed in an organised manner,” he said.
Abang Johari assured that the revenue collected from the state sales tax (SST) on the petroleum products would be spent on development for the people.
“Last time, it might be quite challenging as the fund was limited. But now we have more funds and the state government will continue to develop Balingian,” he said.
Later, the chief minister witnessed the handover of the Letter of Award for the upgrading of the Balingian Mini Stadium project from Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak to the contractor, HAV-Innovative Technology Sdn Bhd.
The upgrading project of the Balingian Mini Stadium will cost RM9 million.
Among those present were Minister of Welfare, Community, Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development and Dalat assemblywoman Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah, Assistant Minister of Native Laws and Customs Datuk John Sikie Tayai, Assistant Minister of Urban Development and Resources Datuk Len Talif Salleh, Balingian assemblyman Abdul Yakub Arbi, Jemoreng assemblyman Juanda Jaya, Daro assemblyman Safiee Ahmad, Tellian assemblyman Yussibnosh Balo, Deputy State Secretary Datuk Seri Mohammad Abu Bakar Marzuki, Mukah Resident Hamdiah Bakir and Land and Survey Department director Abdullah Julaihi.