Friday, January 30, 2009

New road system will benefit many longhouses

ALL EARS: Jabu listens to residents of several longhouses in Ulu Sebauh to better understand their problems and grouses.



BINTULU: The government has agreed to start constructing a new rural road system, which is Sebauh Ulu Pandan road, by constructing a Baily bridge across Sg Sebauh near Sg Tisay.

Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, in disclosing this yesterday, said the road alignment would pass through various longhouses along Sg Tisay.

“The direction is moving towards Ulu Pandan which will form the Ulu Pandan road system,” said Jabu to reporters at the site of the Bailey bridge at Ulu Sebauh near here yesterday.

Asked when the Baily bridge and the Sebauh Ulu Pandan road would begin construction, Jabu said the piling work of the bridge and other construction works would begin before Gawai dayak when all parts had arrived on-site.

“PWD will be responsible to arrange for the transportation and also for the construction here which requires abutment from this bank and abutment from the opposite bank,” said Jabu.

He added that the construction would ensure that the river would still be passable to big boats, meaning the bridge would have reasonable overhead clearance.

“I’m very thankful to the state and federal government for their joint effort which enables one system of rural road in Sarawak to be realised,” Jabu said.

Jabu who was accompanied by Kemena assemblyman Dr Stephen Rundi Utom and several government department heads had earlier visited the landslide victims of 24-door Rh Medan longhouse in Sebauh.

During their visit, Jabu donated RM15,000, Rundi RM20,000 and Bintulu member of parliament Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing RM15,000 to be used for buying building materials.

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