State seeks more fund­ing for coastal roads in 2018 Bud­get

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MALUDAM: The state govern­ment is seek­ing a greater al­lo­ca­tion from Bud­get 2018 for coastal roads.

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Coastal Road Datuk Ju­laihi Narawi said the al­lo­ca­tion is nec­es­sary for build­ing coastal roads and up­grad­ing ex­ist­ing ones.

“Of course we have Pan Bor­neo High­way, but coastal ar­eas are densely pop­u­lated, which ne­ces­si­tates the construction of coastal roads,” he told re­porters af­ter vis­it­ing the Triso-Maludam Road, which is in need of re­pairs.

He pointed out that over 30 per cent of the state’s pop­u­la­tion live in coastal ar­eas from Se­matan to the north­ern parts of the state, adding they have al­ways been strong sup­port­ers of Barisan Na­sional (BN).

About 9km of the TrisoMalu­dam road re­quires re­pairs and the costs are be­ing stud­ied.

“We will need feed­back from JKR ( Pub­lic Works Depart­ment) Be­tong be­cause this area is un­der JKR Be­tong,” he said.

He said the Triso- Maludam Road, which is over 10 years old, is a sec­ond link for ve­hi­cles.

“This stretch of road is heav­ily used and also by heavy ve­hi­cles, which re­sulted in the dam­age. So we need to re­pair it,” he stressed.

Ju­laihi (fifth left) in­spects the dam­aged stretch of road. On his right is JKR Be­tong divi­sional en­gi­neer Mi­han Jo­rai.

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