KUCHING: Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh was taken to task for inferring that the Second Trunk Road project was redundant.
Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Bawang Assan chief Robert Lau Hui Yew who begged to differ, said the proposed road would definitely be a lifeline to a lot of local contractors and consultants during this difficult time.
“The whole world is facing a huge downturn in their economy due to Covid-19 lockdown. Sarawak and Malaysia are no exception.
“Every government is trying to stimulate their economy and one of the tools is fiscal stimulus, meaning the government spends on public project to create economic activities and jobs,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Lau said such investment in infrastructure for the people’s use was justified where it would benefit rural dwellers that were without proper roads to their villages.
“Just because the road will pass through low population density areas does not mean it is not a good project as it is not designed as a country road linking up villages and longhouses.
“It complements the country road and those villagers will also have access to the Expressway.
“I am sure the people staying at Debak, Spaoh and Sebuyau do not agree that the project is redundant and a waste of money,” he said.
He pointed out that the project would benefit half the population of Sarawak and would be a boon for the people and the economy.
Wong had on May 8, urged the state government to scupper its proposed Second Trunk Road project and appropriating its project funds for more pressing rural development projects.