Masing (standing, third right) with JKR engineers during his inspection of the Tamalat-Ngungun road on Friday.

KUCHING: The still-under-construction stretch of road from Tamalat in Song to Ngungun in Kanowit is nearing completion with a major part completely tar-sealed.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Jemut Masing said 8.6km of the 9.6km road had been fully tar-sealed while the remaining 1km was tar-sealed, albeit only on one half of it.

“In short, that 8.6km is safe for the Chief Minister to ride on,” he said, referring to a motorcycle convoy involving Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg from Sibu to Kapit this Sunday (Oct 4).

Masing, who is also Infrastructure and Ports Development Minister, said the road would be closed from Oct 7 for the contractor to complete construction as soon as possible.

“I have advised the Public Works Department (JKR) to close the road from Oct 7 so that the contractor can finish the road construction at the soonest.

“If there is any untoward accident involving the public, the project can face further delays,” he said in a statement on Friday (Oct 2).

Masing urged the dwellers in Kapit and Song to exercise patience before being able to use the road.

“My advice to the people of Kapit and Song is to be patient. We have waited for 57 years for the road, please wait for another three months.”

Earlier this week, Masing said that the project was delayed due to the imposed movement control order earlier this year along with the unpredictable weather conditions recently.

The Parti Rakyat Sarawak chief said the road link, being part of the Sibu-Kapit road, was an initiative by the government to provide road access to major towns and villages across the state.