Second Trunk Road catalyst for development

Awang Tengah (seated centre) with recipients after the land compensation cheque presentation ceremony in Sibu on Thursday.

KUCHING: The Second Trunk Road (STR) project will benefit rural dwellers across the state, with it being a catalyst for rural development, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

He said the project would open up new development corridors as well as provide access to ports and airports for the export market.

“Sarawak is a large state. The development of infrastructure facilities must take into account access to the export market through the development of roads connecting ports and airports.

“The STR crossing along the rural area between the Coastal Road and the Pan Borneo Highway is considered an important project contributing to rural development,” he said.

He was addressing landowners at a land compensation cheque presentation ceremony in Sibu yesterday where land belonging to the latter is being compensated due to it being used for the Sibu portion of the STR project.

Awang Tengah said the road project would connect industrial areas such as the Sama Jaya High Technology Park, Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy, Tanjung Manis Economic Growth Area and Samalaju Industrial Park.

“This will create a network to strengthen and integrate socioeconomic activities. The people will benefit by increasing their income and living standards to the same level as the other rich states in Malaysia by 2030.

“It also will close the income gap between urban and rural residents as well as reduce poverty,” he said.