Category Archives: Development

Safer, cheaper way to move goods

BINTULU: A railway linking Samalaju, Tg Kidurong, Bintulu Aiport and Mukah is in the pipeline and Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) is in the midst of drawing its designs.

This was disclosed by BDA general manager Datu Mohidin Ishak during a contract signing agreement on the proposed 9.5km road linking Mile 32 to the coastal road and the proposed infrastructural works at Samalaju Industrial Park (SIP) between Hock Seng Lee Berhad and BDA yesterday.

He said the rail transport system was essential in enhancing the growth of SIP and for Bintulu to benefit from spin-offs in the development projects in Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

Senator Datuk Pau Chiong Ung, who was among those present at the function, believed it
would provide a cheaper cargo transport and ease traffic congestions as there would be less heavy vehicles carrying goods to and from SIP using the roads.

“There is always heavy traffic in our main trunk road with cargo movement from cities and towns and this may cause some safety issues.

“With the railway system, I believe lots of cargo can be transported since the railway will be connecting major ports and cities.

Pau added that he had raised the idea of building a railway in Bintulu in Parliament a few times and pledged to give another push for federal funding for the project before his term expired in December.

“This system is also one of the cheapest ways of transporting cargo as it reduces cost, thus customers will get goods at cheaper prices,” said Pau.

Meanwhile Mohidin said the proposed 9.5km single carriageway road costing RM64.5 million would be an alternative road for heavy vehicles commuting from the SIP and nearby industrial areas to the Tg Kidurong road, currently the only access to SIP.

To be completed by April 23, 2015, the proposed road will link Bakun junction along the Pan Borneo trunk road to the Samalaju gyratory at the coastal road.

“With the construction of this road, BDA can open another area at the Bakun junction for development,” he added.

He said the area, which was already a popular place for hawkers to ply their trade, could be developed into a commercial and residential centre.

The infrastructural works at SIP (Phase 2 stage 4-proposed drainage diversion works) costing is expected to cost RM16.5 million.

According to Mohidin the infrastructural works were expected to be completed within nine months.

Representing the contractor were its managing director Datuk Paul Yu Chee Hoe and site manager Wong Liong Hung.

Also present to witness the contract signing ceremony were Senator Datuk Pau Chiong Ung, Temenggong Barry Yek and Pemanca Dr Francis Toh.



Bintulu to be Friendly Industrial City by 2020 — Talib

BINTULU: The government is committed in bringing greater growth to Sarawak, and Bintulu is one of the best models.

Assistant Minister of Tourism Datuk Talib Zulpilip said the achievement of Bintulu today clearly showed the commitment of the government to develop the town towards its vision to be a Friendly Industrial City by 2020.

“Bintulu currently is experiencing rapid transformation in various sectors especially in gas-based industries and this would make the town a world class industrial city,” he said.

He added that the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), which has already started its implementation, would help develop the central region and the state as a whole.

Talib, who is Jepak assemblyman, said this during a dinner with the Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin and his wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Norkiah at ParkCity Everly Hotel here recently.

Among those present were Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) deputy chairman Dato Sri Celestine Ujang, BDA general manager Datu Mohidin Ishak, Resident Muhamad Yakup Kari and prominent businessman Dato Sri Yek Min Ek.

He said Bintulu started out as a small fishing village with a few rows of shops but experienced very rapid changes not so long ago, especially in terms of modern infrastructure to cater to the needs of the people.

“All this clearly shows that the government is always concerned with the comfort and the needs of people, especially in Bintulu and the state in general, always improving the living standard of the people,” he said.

Talib called on the younger generation to grab all the opportunities from the rapid development.

“It should be noted that employment and business opportunities at the present time are generated by the SCORE implementation, and the younger generation should grab this opportunity to improve their socio-economic status,” he said.




Always willing to listen

Federal govt never fails to consider Sarawak’s requests for devt – Najib

BINTULU: The federal government never ignores Sarawak’s request for development because Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has always maintained an excellent relationship with Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Speaking at the 49th Malaysia Day celebration at the old airport here last night Najib said, “Because of our very close relationship, we have been able to discuss any request from Sarawak and we will continue to do so.”

He added that the federal government would build more roads and improve water and electricity supply in the state soon.

“Sarawak will soon have at least 21,000 km of roads, 80 per cent water and 83 per cent of electricity supply,” he promised.

The prime minister also revealed that since Sarawak had requested that the power from Bakun HEP be used for SCORE development, the federal government had decided to divert the energy generated from the dam to the state.

“The states in Peninsula, Sarawak and Sabah will be able to continue to develop because we belong to one big family. This is this truly 1Malysia,” he said.

Najib assured that the federal government would continue to bring development to every corner of the nation.

He said the BN government dared to use the theme ‘Janji Ditepati’ or ‘Promises Fulfilled’ because it had been able to fulfil all the pledges it made over the years.

“On the other hand the  opposition had made the greatest blunder in the nation’s history when they said that they would take over the government on Sept 16, 2008.

“The government will never lie as we have to make our pledge to our God each time we pray,” stressed Najib, adding that the government was on right track to elevate the country to a developed status by 2020.

In his speech, Taib stressed the fact it was the people of Sarawak who chose to join the federation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963 even though the state could have gone on its own after gaining      independence from the British on July 22, 1963.

“However, the people and the leaders at that time chose to join a much bigger entity by joining the federation of Malaysia,” he said.

Taib said at that time, it was very difficult for Sarawak to go on its own as it was poor and backward.

He also revealed that the first Prime Minster the late Tunku Abdul Rahman had wanted Sarawak to join the federation of Malaya as early as 1959 as he wanted Sarawakians to be as independent as the people of Malaya.

“When he (the Tunku) came to Kuching in 1959, he only noticed the Orang Putih welcoming him and the local people we just looking as bystanders. Realising the situation he told me that he wanted Sarawak to join the federation,” added Taib.

Earlier, the organising chairman Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim said that Bintulu was chosen as the main venue as it was a model of the vast transformation that had taken both in the state and in the nation.

Bintulu has developed from a mere fishing town with a population of 5,000 to some 100,000 today with ultra modern oil and gas facilitates and as the main hub of the SCORE project.

Three persons who were awarded the Tokoh Hari Malaysia award were Tan Sri Hamdan Sirat from Sarawak, Tan Sri Harris Salleh from Sabah and Ismail Embong from the Peninsula. Special awards were also presented to para-Olympians Hasihin Sanawi (Silver) and Muhd Ziyad Zolkefli (Bronze) from the just concluded London Para-Olympics 2012. -BP