Integrated development set to link road connectivity across northern Sarawak

LIMBANG: The proposed northern coastal highway and Sarawak link road projects would be integrated with the development of spur roads set to connect longhouses and villages to the road connectivity network in northern Sarawak, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

He said apart from setting up direct road connectivity between Miri, Limbang and Lawas, the plan would also open up the coastal areas and the remote hinterlands to further economic development.

Included in this, said Awang Tengah, would be the state-funded coastal highway from Miri in place of the Pan Borneo Highway development packages slated for Limbang and Lawas, which were shelved previously by the federal government when it was under Pakatan Harapan (PH) rule.

This would cover the proposed 16km stretch from Limbang to Kampung Limpaku Pinang on the estuary of Limbang River, and the coastal areas of Lawas District. According to him, the federal Ministry of Works has approved, in principle, to fund the new alignment on the Sarawak link road, stretching from Buda in Limbang to Mulu and Lawas, while Highland Development Agency (HDA) would undertake to construction of the road linking Mulu and Miri, with spur road linking Long Lama.

“NRDA (Northern Region Development Agency) is the implementing agency for the coastal highway and Sarawak link road projects, and HDA for the Mulu-Miri link road,” he said, adding that the road linking Buda and Limbang is under construction and being currently funded by the Sarawak government. NRDA and HDA, both agencies under Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda), are allocated with RM1.5 billion each to be spent over a two-year span – the funding is separate from the usual state budget.

Awang Tengah, who is also NRDA chairman, disclosed this in his opening remarks prior to presenting 185 outboard engines to registered fishermen and also officiating at the opening of the community hall at Kampung Limpaku Pinang yesterday.

He also announced the greenlight from Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for a RM60-million project to build a new mosque, meant be replace the old one in the village.

Awang Tengah said the request was forwarded by Assistant Minister of Agriculture Native Land and Regional Development Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, who is Bukit Kota assemblyman.

In his remarks, Dr Abdul Rahman thanked Awang Tengah and the NRDA for the approval of the outboard engines aid and also the RM2.2-million upgrading works on the village walkway and the school.

Source: The Borneo Post

Villages in Limbang to be connected with new roads

LIMBANG: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan informed local residents here today that Kampung Limpaku Pinang along with nearby Kampung Bulantak will be connected via a new road project.

The Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA) chairman said the agency will implement the road project. NRDA is under RECODA. Awang Tengah added that connectivity in the area will be further improved with the proposed 86km Northern Coastal Highway, a project under RECODA.

Other infrastructure development projects to be implemented in the area included infrastructure upgrades for a mosque, a jetty and a school.

The government also today donated outboard motors to fishermen from 29 villages in the Limbang division.

NRDA chairman in meet-the-people session at Kg Medamit, Limbang

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan begins his official visit to Limbang today at Kampung Medamit, where some 300 villagers turned up to hear the Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA) chairman speak. Tomorrow, Awang Tengah will continue his working trip to Kampung Limpaku Pinang. NRDA is an agency under RECODA.

Dirt roads in Long Lama, Long Bedian to be upgraded

The existing earth roads in Long Lama and Long Bedian, in the Miri division will be upgraded soon after soil investigation works began recently without objections from land owners.

A total of 21.4km of roads connecting Long Lama to the Temala Junction (main road) as well as the Uma Akeh spur road, will be upgraded to JKR R1 road after ongoing earthworks and site clearance are completed.

Machineries are being mobilised on site with all works within the nearby Sabah–Sarawak Gas Pipeline (boundary) on hold until approval permits are granted.

The upgrade works are being implemented by the Highland Development Agency (HDA), under RECODA. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2022.

RECODA joins exhibition, launch of Belaga Waterfront

RECODA today joined other state agencies in a public exhibition in Belaga, in the Kapit division, held in conjunction with the launch of the Belaga Waterfront.

Officiating the ceremony was Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing, chairman of the Upper Rajang Development Agency (URDA).

Abang Johari, who also officiated the ground breaking ceremony for the Belaga District Mosque earlier today, said his government is committed to continuing development in the central region of Sarawak.

URDA, an agency under RECODA, was recently alloted a further RM1.5 billion to develop the region.

RECODA looking to entice potential Singapore investors

In a 45-minute interview with Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office Singapore (STATOS) CEO Chew Chang Guan via Zoom today, RECODA CEO Datu Ismawi Ismuni spoke on Sarawak’s strategic location within ASEAN, with Australia and China nearby as one its selling points to investors.

Ismawi said the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) leverages on the abundance of clean renewable energy, such as Bakun and Murum dams, which are hydro-electric powered, to drive heavy industries and other investments.

He said Sarawak has abundant oil and natural gas reserves, as well other natural resources such as vast deposits of silica sand and kaolin or china clay.

He also emphasised that Sarawak has a stable government which provides a conducive environment for businesses to operate.

“A sum of RM4.5 billion has been alloted for infrastructure projects, which are undertaken by the Upper Rajang Development Agency (URDA), the Highland Development Agency (HDA) and the Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA).”

“These agencies, under RECODA, are tasked to develop basic infrastructures and amenities in the remote and rural areas (hinterland) of SCORE, building roads, bridges and utilities.”

“We are busy with our infrastructure projects. SCORE has an area of 100,000 km2 and a lot of the areas are under-developed because they don’t have basic infrastructure.”

Hence, the Sarawak government through RECODA is building infrastructure projects in the rural areas to provide better road connecitivy and good amenities to provide better logistics, which is important for any investment to come in, he said.