Work on long-awaited road to begin this year





Huang (third from right) with some others wishing the guests a Happy New Year.

Huang (third from right) with some others wishing the guests a Happy New Year.

SARIKEI: Construction work on the much awaited Jalan Sarikei-Tanjung Manis road is expected to start sometime this year, said Repok assemblyman Datuk Seri Huang Tiong Sii.

Huang said this at a Chinese New Year gathering, drawing applause from the more than 5,000 people who were present at the event which included a wide variety of performances.

Locals in this pineapple producing town and also Bintangor, had been asking for the road for the past 10 years.

Presently, without this 18km road, they spend up to one hour to reach Sibu first before going to Tanjung Manis Halal hub, which takes them another one hour.

With the new road, it will take them only about 25 minutes to reach Tanjung Manis.

“This is my biggest project for the people here. I have been fighting very hard for it at the State Legislative Assembly.”

He said the tender documents for the project were in the process of being drafted.

He said funds for the project, from the state government, would amount to hundreds of millions.

On whether the project would be ready before the next state elections which is due by May 2021, he said it may take longer.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had acknowledged the importance of the project, saying it will greatly benefit the people of Sarikei and Bintangor as they could market their produce and also find employment in Tanjung Manis.

Abang Johari said the road together with other proposed feeder roads in Sarikei would involve a total construction cost of RM450mil.