Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem wants the federal government to give priority to the implementation of infrastructure projects in Sarawak which still lags behind other states in the peninsular.
He hoped that major state projects requested under the 11th Malaysia Plan, which starts next year, would continued to be given priority to enable Sarawak catch up with other states.
“The implementation of federal projects in the state reflected the close relationships between the federal and state governments,” he said when officiating at the RM93.88-million Batang Samarahan bridge project construction here today.
His text of speech was read by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu.
On the construction of the bridge, he said it would bring a big socio-economic impact to the residents in Samarahan and surrounding areas upon completion within the next 36 months.
Meanwhile Asajaya state assemblyman Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah was the most relieved person as the people of Asajaya’s dream of having a bridge constructed in their area was now becoming a reality.
Speaking at the function earlier, Abdul Karim, who is aleo Sarawak Assistant Housing Minister said the residents in Samarahan, Asajaya, Sadong Jaya and Simunjan had waited for a long time for the pledge to build the bridge fulfilled.
He was confident the 774-metre bridge spanning Batang Samarahan would bring about a big transformation to people by linking the surrounding areas with Kuching city.