Batang Ai airfield plan


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  • Friday, 20 Nov 2009

KUCHING: The Sarawak government is considering an airfield for the remote Batang Ai constituency.

Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu told the State Assembly that studies had been carried out and five sites were proposed.

“The site at Batang Lemanak, about 25km from Lubok Antu and 28km from the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, is considered most suitable,” he said when winding up matters related to his ministry on Wednesday.

He said a proposal for a short take-off and landing airfield with an 850m runway had been sent to the State Planning Authority for consideration.

However, he stressed that there was no decision yet on the implementation of the project.

Jabu also said a new airport would be built in Mukah to replace the existing one which could cater only to Twin Otter aircraft.

He said the airport would have a 2.4km long and 45m wide runway to cater to Boeing 737 and equivalent aircraft.

“It is still in the design stage,” he said, adding that it was part of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy development plan.

On poor Internet service in Miri, he said that Telekom Malaysia investigations showed that 50% of the problem was related to user problems such as viruses and internal wiring.

He said that Internet users encountering the problem could call or write to Telekom Malaysia to address them.

The Federal Government’s high-speed broadband project was expected to commence in Sarawak in 2012, he added.

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