Stretch of Matang Road to be upgraded to four-lane road — Abg Johari

Posted on : 20 Apr 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post Online

Abang Johari (centre), flanked by (from right) Wan Junaidi, Masing, Juma’ani, Fadillah and Dr Sim, officiates the four-lane road connecting Stapok in Batu Kawa and E-Mart Matang.

KUCHING: A stretch of Matang Road, between Courts Mammoth and the junction of Taman Malihah here, will be upgraded to a four-lane road soon.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, in announcing this, said the proposed upgrading project had been approved for the convenience of road users.

“If the federal government does not have the money, I will use the state fund to implement the project. After all, the stretch is not too long. I’m sure after we have upgraded the road, new housing estates will be developed in the area,” he said at the launch of the new bridge across Sarawak River and the four-lane road connecting Stapok in Bintawa and E-Mart in Matang here yesterday.

The Chief Minister also said he had approved the communal Malay land reserve at Kampung Gita for the people living in Kampung Gita Baru.

He said the state government would arrange for the area to be properly developed as a housing estate with good affordable houses.

He pointed out that the approval was not because of the upcoming general election, saying it had been planned long ago because the government wanted to develop the area.

The Chief Minister added that he had also approved the construction of a new road between Stapok roundabout and Sungai Maong and from Sungai Maong to Kampung Sekedup.

He said with this, Kampung Sungai Maong would no longer be dubbed as the hidden village and upon completion the government would also be able to develop the area for the benefit of the people.

“This means your villages will be integrated. Once they become integrated, you can plan the township and also the residential area between this particular area of Petra Jaya and Batu Kawa,” he said.

At the ceremony, Abang Johari also announced that the new bridge across the Sarawak River connecting Stapok, Batu Kawa and E-Mart, Matang is named as the Tan Sri Sulaiman Daud Bridge to acknowledge Sulaiman’s great contributions to the development of the area and to the state.

“The late Tan Sri Sulaiman Daud had contributed a lot to the development of Petra Jaya and Santubong. In education, he was responsible in bringing UiTM and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) here when he was Minister of Education.”

On the completion of the four-lane road and the new bridge, Abang Johari believes that it will help reduce traffic congestion along Satok Bridge, Jalan Satok and Jalan Kulas.

He said the RM122-million project, which included a 320-metre new bridge across the Sarawak River, is a clear evidence that the Barisan Nasional government fulfilled its promises.

“The projects were promised by the previous leaders and today we see it is being delivered,” he said.

The federal government approved an allocation of RM145 million for this project which commenced construction in April 2015.

With the completion of this new road and bridge, the journey from Matang to Kuching International Airport, Kuching Sentral is estimated to be reduced by 15 to 30 minutes at peak times.

The Chief Minister’s wife Datin Amar Datuk Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, Minister of Works Dato Sri Fadillah Yusof, Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar were among those present at the ceremony.