Mukah Airport will be a catalyst for local growth, says Transport Minister

MUKAH: The Mukah Airport will be a catalyst for local development and will have a positive impact on socio-economy growth here, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

He said the Mukah Airport would ensure that no one is left out of national development.

"The newest airport isn't only the latest icon in Sarawak – it will be a catalyst to drive development and also bring a multiplier impact on socio-economic growth in the district.

"It is Putrajaya's ambition to do the best for the Malaysian Family, specifically Sarawak, so that development by the government can trickle down to every Malaysian," he said during his speech on the launch of the Mukah airport on Saturday (Dec 4).

Dr Wee said he is confident that the Mukah airport would support the state's Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) economic plan.

"It will also encourage economic growth in Mukah by facilitating movement between the trading sector and the exports of fishery, food and also local products such as sago and umai (a Melanau delicacy)."

Dr Wee also said the Mukah airport would ensure that tourism and business activities in the state would improve, hence bringing about more job opportunities to locals there.

"We can see that the improvement of public transportation has not only brought about connectivity and accessibility to locals, as it also opened up various business opportunities.

"It will also support tourism activities and create more job opportunities through socio-economic development that will create a nation that is progressive and developed.

"This is the true meaning of the Malaysian Family by the Prime Minister," said Dr Wee.

Also present during the launch was Gabungan Parti Sarawak chairman Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Datuk Hanifah Hajar Taib.

Meanwhile, Dr Wee said the completion of the Mukah Airport was a milestone in Sarawak as its construction took place during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He also said as travel was restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many proposals for airport construction and renovation had to be reconsidered.

"The Mukah Airport is an example of the government's sincerity in ensuring that the needs and interest of locals are maintained," he said.

Dr Wee said the Mukah Airport began operations on June 17 and it can accommodate bigger planes.

"Before that, only the Twin Otter (DHC-6), which has a small capacity, was only able to land in Mukah.

"This airport can accommodate larger planes such as from ATR, which can carry 70 passengers in one trip," he said.

Abang Johari also said it was the ambition of locals in Mukah to have a bigger airport to accommodate more tourists.

"This shows how good relations are between Sarawak and Putrajaya," added Abang Johari.

The construction of the Mukah Airport began in 2017 and it officially started operating on June 17.

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