Idris suggests building of more expressways to Kota Samarahan
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?”