Sarawak to continue funding its bridge projects, says CM

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg at the earth-breaking ceremony for the construction of a road from Sungai Maong to Segedup in Kuching today.

KUCHING: The Sarawak government will continue funding the construction of bridges in the state, including those cancelled by the previous Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government.

Speaking to reporters today, Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said the construction of the bridges would be delayed if the state government was to request the current Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government to review the cancellation by the PH government.

The bridges funded by the state government are those at Batang Lupar, Batang Saribas, Batang Krian, Batang Rambungan and Batang Kemena.

It was reported previously that the PH government had decided to cancel the construction of the Batang Lupar and Batang Rambungan bridges approved by the Barisan Nasional administration because these fell under the state’s purview.

“We have the funds and we are committed to proceed with the construction of these bridges so there is no delay,” said Abang Johari.

However, since the state government had taken over the construction of these bridges, particularly those that were supposed to be funded by the federal government, it would request for more funds from the federal government for some other development projects, he said.

Earlier, Abang Johari took a swipe at PH and its allies, saying that while the Sarawak government was busy with development projects for the benefit of the people, some others were fighting against each other over who should be the prime minister.

“To me, the post of the prime minister is secondary. What we need is a stable government at the federal level. The Covid-19 virus is still around and the country’s economy has been affected by the pandemic,” he said.

He said the country needed focused leadership to manage these issues, and not people “busy” fighting about who should become the prime minister.

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