An artist’s impression of the Batang Igan Bridge.

KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is able to commit itself to infrastructure development in all nooks and corners of the state as it has the backing of the people, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said.

“There may be a lot of people asking, why Abang Johari is so committed to the people. It is because I have them on my side.

“The people of Igan are behind me. If we are united, then our state will be peaceful and we can develop,” he said when officiating at the earth-breaking ceremony of Batang Igan Bridge in Mukah today.

He recalled that when he became chief minister, he stuck to his predecessor’s commitment to rural development including providing electricity and clean water to rural people.

“To provide clean water is not cheap. For this area, it costs over RM100 million, but I proceeded with it as water is important.

“Thank God, we have settled 70 percent of our water supply projects and by 2030 it will be 100 percent after the completion of the main pipes. It is not only this area; it includes Samarahan, Lawas, Miri – the whole of Sarawak – and it costs RM4 billion,” he said.

Abang Johari said the state government had to work hard to come up with the funds.

“When I became chief minister, we formed the Development Bank of Sarawak (Dbos), so now we have alternative funding (to fund the development projects).

“This (Batang Igan) bridge for instance will not be completed in 24 hours; it will take four years, so we will pay for it within four years,” he said.