KUCHING: Sarawak will up-grade some of the logging roads to make them safe for the transportation of fuel and other essential goods to settlements in the interior.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said the state government was identifying the stretches of timber tracks to be given priority for im-provement.
This is to facilitate the transportation of petrol, die-sel and cooking gas so that the differential in prices in the urban and interior areas will not be wide, he told re-porters at Wisma Bapa Ma-laysia here Tuesday.
Jabu, also state Infrastructure Development and Communi-cation Minister, had earlier chaired a meeting to prepare for the national level National Day celebration.
The city will host the event at Padang Merdeka on Aug 31 while the countdown would be held at the nearby waterfront.
Logging roads constructed by timber companies to transport logs from concession areas provide the sole communication link to many settlements in the interior.
Jabu said the government had received proposals from the residents in northern Sarawak on ways transport subsidies should be administered to airlift fuel to the highland settlements.
The state authorities have recently footed the bills for fuel to be flown to the highlands as an immediate measure.
On the RM200mil allocation from the Federal Government to improve the public transport system in the state, Jabu said discussions were underway to see how public transport, like buses and passenger express boats, which bring fuel and other essential goods could be assisted by the authorities.
Jabu said some 6,000 participants would take part in the National Day celebration which Sarawak last hosted in 1993.
He said the state-level Mer-deka Month would be launched in Mukah on Aug 17 while the closing ceremony will be held at Sri Aman on Sept 16.