Idris sug­gests build­ing of more ex­press­ways to Kota Sa­ma­ra­han

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DATO Idris Buang ( BN-Muara Tuang) pro­poses for the state gov­ern­ment to con­sider build­ing three more ex­press­ways to and from Kuch­ing and Kota Sa­ma­ra­han to counter the wors­en­ing traffic jams dur­ing peak hours.

He said many lo­cal agen­cies had sug­gested to him on what to do to over­come those jams.

Thus, he said three ex­press­ways in ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing ones should be built to ad­dress the prob­lem.

“We can solve the prob­lem not only for Muara Tuang or Kota Sa­ma­ra­han but also for Kuch­ing city it­self. Now, with the new coastal roads link­ing di­vi­sions in Sarawak from Kota Sa­ma­ra­han and Kuch­ing, I be­lieve that the ‘ two- hour jam’ ev­ery­body is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing now, would worsen,” he said when de­bat­ing the state bud­get yes­ter­day.

“If we don’t tackle that now, the prob­lem will worsen. Thus, I would like to pro­pose for the state gov­ern­ment to con­sider build­ing more ex­press­ways to link Muara Tuang ei­ther by way of Se­rian- Kuap Road, BCCK-Tan­jung Bako Road and LKIM In­sti­tute Road, or from Stu­tong.

“With a pop­u­la­tion of nearly 200,000, driv­ing be­tween Kuch­ing and Muara Tuang is a has­sle. It takes at least two hours to go through dur­ing peak hours. Imag­ine the time, pro­duc­tiv­ity and fuel lost – not to men­tion the stress.

“If any state gov­ern­ment agen­cies are in­ter­ested, they can come to meet us for a meet­ing,” Idris said, adding that other prob­lems in his con­stituency in­cluded hous­ing woes, f lood mit­i­ga­tion and vil­lage ex­ten­sion.

He also said he re­ceived com­plaints about the lack of class­rooms at the schools in the con­stituency in­clud­ing SMK Muara Tuang, with the stu­dents mak­ing use of the old school hall to have their lessons.

On dig­i­tal econ­omy, Idris said it would be good to get the peo­ple, in­clud­ing those in vil­lages and long­houses, to be aware of the pro­gramme so that they could be a part of it.

“Are they ready? We need to ad­dress this dig­i­tal is­sue be­fore we can ad­dress the dig­i­tal eco­nomic gaps.

“What are the pro­grammes that need to be laid down by the state gov­ern­ment and its agen­cies? They have to look into this. What are the ar­eas of strengths and weak­nesses that we have to look into? We can­not take for granted that ev­ery­body knows what we are do­ing. What will hap­pen to the tra­di­tional busi­nesses that have been go­ing on in the vil­lages and smaller towns?”

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