Hornbill Unleashed

June 4, 2013

Finally a Kapit-Sibu road?

Yunus Yussop

OVERSEEING: Ahmad Zahid (second left, front) giving an instruction to divers when supervising the search and rescue operation at Giam Bungan yesterday. With him are Hulu Rajang member of parliament Wilson Ugak (third left, back row), Belaga assemblyman Liwan Lagang (fourth left, back row), Sarawak Deputy Commissioner of Police Datuk Law Hong Soon, senior fire and rescue department officers as well as senior police officers. — Bernama photo

Army plans to build the 400km road and seeks special provision for project

The Ministry of Defence will seek allocation of special provision for the construction of the road linking Kapit to Sibu under the army’s Blue Ocean Strategy.

This was disclosed by Home Minister Datuk Seri Zahid

Hamidi at a press conference at the airport after visiting the site of Belaga boat express tragedy here yesterday.

“The 300 to 400 kilometre road will pass through forests, mountains, rapids and rivers and the construction will take time and costly but the Prime Minister will look into it carefully,” he said

Zahid added that the road was being planned and existing logging roads would be used.

The army will work with logging companies in upgrading their roads and constructing bridges across the many streams and rivers.

“It is estimated that RM600 million to RM800 million will be needed for the completion of the road that would take five to six years and the ministry is confident the state government will give support to ATM (Armed Forces) to complete the project,” he said.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein in a statement released in Kuala Lumpur yesterday said a 38km road connecting

Belaga to Menjawah built by the Defence Ministry through its its ‘Jiwa Murni Khas’ special project was 92 per cent complete and was expected to be finished by August.

“With the alternative land road available, rural folks need not depend heavily on rivers as their mode of transport with its high risks involved,” he said.

The project is one of four road projects in the state, undertaken by the Defence Ministry.

“The road project is to build a road close to the main Batang Rajang river, not far from where the boat capsize tragedy happened recently.”

Hishammuddin said the road would connect Kampung Menjawah, Bakun Hydro dam to Belaga town and can be assessed by seven long houses, namely Rumah Nyaving, Rumah Apan, Rumah Long Mitik, Rumah Long Segaham, Rumah Panjang Lahanan, Rumah Panjang Kajaman and Rumah Panjang Makahei.

The RM56 million project is undertaken by engineers from the Armed Forces with assistance from the local councils and funded by the Implementation and Coordination Unit (ICU) under the Prime Minister’s Department as part of the Blue Ocean Strategy through a special allocation by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

It was approved by Najib during his visit to Belaga in January 2011.

The ATM engineering corps built the road with materials from private sector suppliers.

The Public Works Department had estimated the construction of the road under the conventional contracts would cost more than RM320 million.

5 Comments »

  1. AFTER MORE THAN 30 YEARS & A TRAGEDY, finally the corrupt buaya is treating this road with priority? Ask him where have all the money from Sarawak natural resources gone to? 95% of our petroleum money is being stolen by PETRONAS right under our noses and $billions going to his personal bank accounts and his cronies’-so what the hell has him doing all this while? These inocent children did not have to die if he was a CM with INTEGRITY. Bloody bastard!!!

    Comment by Geronimo Miller — June 7, 2013 @ 1:59 AM | Reply

  2. Photo op. Disgusting for politicians to use the disaster as as photo op. Leave the rescuing and recovering to the real professionals.

    Comment by Save Sarawak — June 5, 2013 @ 4:01 AM | Reply

  3. why need more fun? what happen to the money allocated in previous Malaysian Plan?

    Lapok Road is over 30 years now….still not completed! What happen to 400M allocated budget?

    BN promised Pan Borneo…. we Sarawakian want to see this completed in 5 years!

    Comment by rod — June 4, 2013 @ 11:58 PM | Reply

  4. Another joke for Sarawak. The Minister appeared only after so many days and what he is doing, giving instructions to the drivers. Please don’t wait for tragedy to happen and them start shedding crocodile tears. Give us our portion of our Petroleum money and we will have more then enough to build roads in Sarawak.

    Comment by gagojackman — June 4, 2013 @ 7:57 PM | Reply

  5. This is the fruit of P0LITICS OF DEVELOPMENT espoused by the present White Rajah. 33 years in power and 50 years independence Kapit and Belaga are leagues away from the world. The soul of the matter is BUSINESS. The express boats belong to towkays closely linked to the White Rajah. These towkays are powerful politicians who duped people that building a road linking Sibu and Kapit is expensive and difficult thus Kapit does not deserve a road. This is not a third World mentality but worse than that. I suggest that we remove these dinosaurs so that this beloved land will develop on par with the rest of the country. White Rajah only said he hopes no such tragedy will recur. Noting constructive and pragmatic from this indispensable politician.

    Comment by the Mukah Watcher — June 4, 2013 @ 3:27 PM | Reply


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