MATU: The Kebuaw/Igan road access to Sibu will become a reality when the final 20 kilometres have been completed.
Deputy Minister in the Premier’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Dr Juanda Jaya said upon completion, the project will provide all villages and longhouses in the constituency access to the main road.
He added that it also means access to piped water, telecommunications as well as electricity, and more importantly, development will flowing into the area.
“This is also the result of political struggles and tireless lobbying for the past five years with the leaders. It is not an easy job.
“The outcome is pleasing since, after 59 years of independence, the locals have only recently seen a road system at their front door,” he said in his Facebook post on Monday (Sept 26).
He visited the site, part of the Igan-Sibu road construction project, made possible through an allocation of RM130 million by Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.
In June, Abang Johari when announcing the allocation said the construction of the road is expected to be completed in three years.
“We can travel to Sibu, to Kapit and also to Kuching because this road will also connect to the coastal road through the Igan Bridge.
“The bridge is among the projects that we are doing now, the cost for which is about RM285 million. Thus, with these projects in Matu, the state government has approved almost RM500 million,” he said.