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DUN Sarawak: Ucapan penggulungan Menteri Infrastruktur dan Pembangunan Pelabuhan Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

Ucapan penggulungan Menteri Infrastruktur dan Pembangunan Pelabuhan

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

Persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak (6 Mei-15 Mei 2024)

 

Terima kasih, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

 

Lapan Hari Dewan Bersidang;

Sarawak First ADUN Perjuangkan;

Ucapan MIPD Kini Bertandang;

Rakyat Sejahtera Agenda Diutamakan.

 

INTRODUCTION

Condolences

1. I would like to offer my condolences to the family of the late Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud, former Yang di­ Pertua Negeri of Sarawak, who passed away on 21st February 2024. Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud who served as the fourth Chief Minister of Sarawak for 33 years before becoming Head of State for another decade, was known for his significant development-oriented policies that benefited all members of the community in Sarawak. His leadership brought political stability to Sarawak and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations.

2. In light of the sudden passing of the Honourable Senator Datuk Mutang Tagal on 10th May 2024, I extend my deepest condolences to his family. His unexpected departure is a profound loss, not only for Sarawak but for the nation as a whole. The late Senator Datuk Mutang Tagal’s extensive legal background and dedicated service as a former Bukit Mas Member of Parliament were immensely valuable to our society. His absence will be keenly felt, and his memory Will be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May his loved ones find comfort in fond memories during this difficult time.

 

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

Congratulatory Messages

3. In this august House, I would like to express my sincere congratulations to Johar ruler Sultan Ibrahim on his installation as of 31st January 2024 as Malaysia’s King, with Perak’s Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah as Deputy Yang di­ Pertuan Agong for the same term. His Majesty’s people­ centric approach aligns with the Sarawak Government’s focus on prioritising the needs of the Rakyat and fostering trust and inclusivity.

4. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank His Majesty Sultan of Pahang, who ended his reign as the Sixteenth Yang Di-Pertuan Agong on 31st January 2024, for his wisdom in making such diligent efforts to resolve the political crisis in Malaysia during his rule. His reign clearly reflects our flourishing constitutional monarchy and the role of parliamentary democracy in our country.

 

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

5. Congratulations to Tuan Yang Terutama Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak Tun Pehin Sri Dr. Haji Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar for being appointed as the eighth Yang di­ Pertua Negeri of Sarawak. We have confidence in His Excellency’s unwavering guidance as we fulfil the aspirations of the Rakyat and ensure that Sarawak remains a region of unity in diversity.

 

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

TYT’s Opening Address

6. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Tuan Yang Terutama Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak, Tun Pehin Sri Dr. Haji Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar for presiding over the First Meeting of the Third Session of the 19th Sarawak State Legislative Assembly on 6th May 2024.

7. Thank you to His Excellency for trusting Sarawak’s leadership, led by the esteemed Right Honourable Premier of Sarawak. We appreciate His Excellency’s belief in our vision and his invaluable support for implementing new economic initiatives. With His Excellency’s continued support, we can foster our region’s growth, innovation and prosperity.

8. In response to His Excellency’s address, my Ministry will continue to collaborate closely with the Federal Government in executing various infrastructure development initiatives to enhance the standard of living and promote economic advancement throughout Sarawak.

 

SARAWAK INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

9. Infrastructure investment is key to Sarawak’s socio-economic development. Investing in infrastructure is an essential and constructive measure towards advancing social and economic progress in remote and rural areas.

10. The Sarawak Government is dedicated to creating economic opportunities and improving the well-being of our Rakyat Infrastructure investments exemplify the GPS Government’s persistent commitment to enhancing the lives and mobility of Sarawakian. This strategic approach not only facilitates better access to essential services but also stimulates growth and development potential within the region.

 

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

11. Allow me to update this august House on the progress of infrastructure development projects under my purview.

State-Funded Projects

12. For the information of this august House, my Ministry have been entrusted to implement 237 State-funded projects under the 12th Malaysia Plan which includes 72 Projek Rakyat.

13. The 237 State-funded projects amounting to RM22.6 billion comprise of the following:

(i) 140 road projects worth RM16.0 billion;

(ii) 25 bridges worth RM3.0 billion;

(iii) 62 buildings worth RM2.7 billion;

(iv) Nine (9) riverine structures worth RM843.0 million; and

(v) One (1) airport extension worth RM54.9 million.

14. The progress of these projects is as follows:

(i) 40 have been completed;

(ii) 52 are under construction; and

(iii) 145 are at the pre-contract stage.

 

Coastal Road Network

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

15. The Coastal Road Network consists of 13 new road and bridge packages and 29 rehabilitation works packages valued at RM5.42 billion. This amount has been allocated to these packages in order to provide better access and seamless connectivity along Sarawak’s coastal area.

16. To date, 12 out of the 13 new road and bridge packages are under construction with two (2) packages expected to be completed this year. Meanwhile, one (1) package is at a re­ tender stage.

17. The construction schedule for the 12 packages includes two (2) targeted for completion in 2024, nine (9) in 2025 and one (1) in 2026.

Rehabilitation of Coastal Roads

18. As for the rehabilitation work packages, 23 out of 29 have been completed compared to 17 packages reported in the last DUN sitting.

19. The construction progress of the remaining six (6) rehabilitation work packages is as follows:

(i) 0.76% for Matu – Igan Road (10.7km);

(ii) 99.39% for Oya/Igan Road (12.05km);

(iii) 98.74% Mukah – Oya Road (7.55km) and Mukah – Matading Road (8.09km);

(iv) 96.19% for Proposed Roundabout at Balingian RGC.

20. To respond to Ahli Yang Berhormat Balingian’s concern on the status of Batang Balingian Bridge Approach Road (5.8km) and Balingian – Kuala Balingian Road (11.62km), and Kuala Balingian – Kuala Serupai Road (15km), the construction progress is 42.56% and 71.09% respectively. Both projects are expected to be completed by the middle of July 2024.

 

Second Trunk Road Project

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

21. The Second Trunk Road consists of 20 projects with a total value of RM5.58 billion. 13 projects are in various stages of construction, and the remaining seven (7) projects are at a pre-contract stage.

22. The construction schedule for the 13 projects encompasses six (6) projects that are targeted for completion in 2025, followed by three (3) in 2026, three (3) in 2027, and one (1) final project in 2028.

 

Projek Rakyat

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

23. My Ministry is entrusted to implement 266 Projek Rakyat with a cost of RM15.7 billion, comprising the following:

(i) 152 road projects costing RM11.5 billion;

(ii) 52 bridges costing RM2.6 billion;

(iii) 57 buildings costing RM1.3 billion;

(iv) One (1) STOLport costing RM296.0 million; and

(v) Four (4) jetties costing RM1.47 million.

24. The progress of these projects is as follows:

(i) 125 have been completed;

(ii) 38 are under construction; and

(iii) 103 are at a pre-contract stage.

25. My Ministry is committed to improve the efficiency of our project management system and ensure timely completion of projects.

 

Maintenance of Roads in Sarawak

26. Last year, JKR Sarawak has received RM465 million under Malaysia Road Record Information System (MARRIS) for the maintenance of Jalan Raya Negeri (JRN) and Jalan Kampung (JKPG). This comprises a total road length of approximately 15,301km. I wish to inform this august House, 99.71% of this allocation has been spent as follows:

(i) RM279 million for Long Term Management and Maintenance (LTMM) contracts; and

(ii) RM186 million for Jalan Raya Negeri and Jalan Kampung maintenance and other maintenance jobs carried out by JKR divisions.

27. As for 2024, the Sarawak Government has approved RM495 million under MARRIS for a total road length of approximately 15,314km. The expected expenditure for 2024 is as follows:

(i) RM280 million for LTMM contracts; and

(ii) RM215 million for Jalan Raya Negeri and Jalan Kampung maintenance and other maintenance jobs carried out by JKR divisions.

28. As reported in the previous DUN sitting, the Baram area, which had been identified as a pilot program to manage the maintenance of rural road connectivity, has secured three (3) proponents on a two-years contract basis for each respectively. Such contracts require yearly funding of RM5 million each, totalling RM15 million sourced under MARRIS. This maintenance must be completed in an efficient and timely manner (quick response time) and will provide safer and better road for users. The pilot program is expected to commence in June 2024.

 

Emergency Response Work

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

29. The Rakyat depends on reliable land infrastructures, such as roads and bridges, to carry out their daily activities. Unfortunately, natural disasters such as floods and landslides can cause serious damage to infrastructure. This poses hardships to the people by affecting their mobility.

30. As of today, 62 projects have been approved by the Sarawak Government with an allocation amounting to RM100 million via the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) for implementation under this program.

31. Currently, 21 projects have been completed, 21 are under construction and the remaining 20 are at a pre-contract stage.

 

FEDERAL-FUNDED PROJECTS

Projects Under AP182

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

32. The implementation of the approved Federal-funded projects is of paramount importance to the Sarawak Government and Rakyat.

33. As at May 2024, JKR Sarawak is responsible for implementing a total of 191 Federal-funded projects with individual project costs not exceeding RM50.0 million.

34. However, eight (8) Federal Ministries requested relaxation on procurement methods for a total of 58 projects to be implemented by their respective Ministries. Therefore, JKR Sarawak is currently implementing only 133 projects worth RM2.02 billion. The status is as follows:

(i) Three (3) have been completed;

(ii) Seven (7) are under construction; and

(iii) 123 are at the Front-End Engineering and design stage.

 

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

35. Throughout the course of executing the projects pertaining to AP182, JKR Sarawak encountered various challenges including:

(i) unresolved land issues;

(ii) inadequate information; and

(iii) insufficient ceilings.

36. As a precautionary measure, JKR Sarawak will not accept to implement future project before the aforementioned issues have been resolved by the relevant Federal ministries and agencies. This will ensure that future projects are executed seamlessly.

 

Pan Borneo Highway

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

37. PBH, also known as Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak, is an existing Federal trunk road from Telok Melano to Miri, tagged as Asian Highway 150 (AH150).

38. As of 25th April 2024, 22 out of 25 sections have been fully opened to the public, accounting for an overall progress of about 99.42%.

39. On the other hand, two (2) sections, namely Sarikei and Beluru are at the final stage of construction and expected to complete in the third quarter of 2024.

40. The remaining Lambir section is expected to be completed in 2027 with two (2) new added scopes, namely:

(i) the construction of approximately 1km viaduct at Bukit Song; and

(ii) the re-alignment of 4km of road to avoid the existing Lembaga Air Kawasan Utara (LAKU) watermain.

41. In addition, the Federal Government is also looking into the rehabilitation of the existing dual carriageway which was excluded from the Pan Borneo Highway upgrading project. The 136km upgrading project is also known as the Pan Borneo Redline. The Pan Borneo Redline is as follows:

(i) Batu Kawa to Serian;

(ii) Julau to Sibu Airport Roundabout;

(iii) Bintulu Airport to Nyabau;

(iv) Pujut link to Kuala Baram; and

(v) Nine (9) overtaking lanes.

 

Trans Borneo Highway

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

42. The Trans Borneo Highway is one of the components under the AH150. It will connect Sarawak and Sabah through Brunei Darussalam.

43. This project comprises three (3) sections, namely:

(i) Miri Section (from Kuala Baram to CIQ Sg. Tujuh);

(ii) Limbang Section (CIQ Tedungan to CIQ Pandaruan); and

(iii) Lawas section (Lawas town to CIQ Merapok).

44. The Miri section is targeted to be tendered in the fourth quarter of 2024. Meanwhile, the other two (2) sections which are Limbang and Lawas are currently at pre-contract stage and are targeted to be tendered in the first quarter of 2025.

 

Sarawak-Sabah Link Road (SSLR)

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

45. The Federal Government in its effort to connect Miri-Limbang­ Lawas via land infrastructure has approved the construction of the SSLR. The project will start from Mulu (SSLR Phase 2 – Package 1) and will end at Simpang Gelugus (SSLR Phase 1).

46. For SSLR Phase 1, from Simpang Gelugus to Long Lopeng with a total length of 76km, the project is ongoing with a physical progress of 29.7% as of 25th April 2024.

47. Meanwhile, for SSLR Phase 2 with a total length of 320km, the Letter of Acceptance was issued to the successful contractor on 25th March 2024. The physical construction work is expected to commence in June 2024.

 

RURAL ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECTS UNDER KEMENTERIAN KEMAJUAN DESA DAN WILAYAH (KKDW)

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

48. JKR Sarawak is currently implementing 108 rural road and bridge projects under KKDW worth RM6.13 billion (1,400km).

49. The status of these projects is as follows:

(i) 10 have been completed;

(ii) 11 are under construction; and

(iii) 87 are at pre-contract stage.

Abandoned Logging Roads

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

50. KKDW has approved a total of RM543.1 million for the upgrading of 14 abandoned logging roads projects. To date, the status of these projects is as follows:

(i) Four (4) are under construction; and

(ii) 10 are at the pre-contract stage.

 

Improvement of Jiwa Murni Road Projects

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

51. For the information of this august House, under the Jiwa Murni program, there are 16 projects worth RM928.0 million. These projects were intended to construct 461km of Low Volume Rural Road (LVRR) and 82 bailey bridges.

52. To update this august House, 14 completed projects have been handed over to JKR Sarawak for maintenance and the remaining two (2) are still under the defect liability period. Upon completion of the period, Malaysian Armed Forces will repair all the defects before handing over to JKR Sarawak. The two (2) projects are as follows:

(i) Membina Jalan Dari Nanga Merit ke Sungai Baleh, Kapit; and

(ii) Membina Jalan Dari Belaga ke Nanga Merit, Kapit.

53. However, many of these roads have deteriorated due to irregular maintenance, posing challenges to accessing essential services in rural regions. Hence, the Sarawak Government has proactively undertaken the upgrading of Jiwa Murni roads, using State funding amounting to RM226.31 million, encompassing the following improvements:

(i) Menaiktaraf Jalan Balak Dari Long Lopeng ke Ba’Kelalan, Lawas worth RM39.35 million;

(ii) Menaiktaraf Jalan dan Membina Jambatan Di Kampung Saeh, Bekenu, Miri worth RM24.92 million;

(iii) Menaiktaraf Jalan Rh Satu, Kuala Mendalam, Batu Danau, Limbang worth RM3.0 million;

(iv) Menaiktaraf Jalan Dari Miri ke Marudi, Miri worth RM75.46 million; and

(v) Menaiktaraf Jalan Dari Pekan Belaga Ke Menjawah, Belaga worth RM83.58 million.

54. These initiatives are a testament to the Government’s commitment to improving access to rural areas and ensuring that these roads meet JKR standards.

55. Additionally, the Federal Government had allocated RM84.05 million to further improve four (4) Jiwa Murni roads packages. To date, all four (4) of these packages are under construction.

 

CRITICALLY DELAYED PROJECTS

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

56. As to date, a total of 24 contracts have been terminated, 15 of which were State funded while nine (9) were Federal. 15 of these terminated works have been revived through the appointment of rescue contractors while the remaining nine (9) are in the pre-contract stage. The process of termination and appointment of rescue contractors for Federal projects are more complex. The lengthy termination process for Federal projects caused delays in effort to revive the project.

57. We have worked diligently to reduce critical project delays. From January to April 2024, we have observed a remarkable reduction from 22 critically delayed projects to just 11 (2 State, 9 Federal). This achievement has been made possible by JKR Sarawak through a series of measures that include:

(i) ensuring timely payments to contractors to create a conducive working environment;

(ii) implementing close monitoring of projects to ensure progress and prompt completion of outstanding works; and

(iii) One (1) Month Intervention Pledge by contractor and JKR.

58. These efforts have improved project efficiency and exemplified our commitment to delivering quality outcomes within stipulated time frames. My Ministry will continue to closely monitor all projects to ensure that they are completed expeditiously.

 

PORT DEVELOPMENT

Establishment of Sarawak Ports Authority

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

59. The approval and passage of the Sarawak Ports Authority Bill, 2024 on the 7th May 2024 was a historic milestone for ports development in Sarawak. Again, we appreciated all the comments and suggestions that were raised during the debate session.

60. Congratulations indeed belong to the unsung heroes behind all the work, they know who they are and thank you for your commitment. Nevertheless, the work does not stop here, in fact it is the beginning of the next phase of what we have planned.

 

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

61. With all the support and blessing of Sarawak Ports Authority Bill, 2024, the establishment of Sarawak Ports Authority will materialise sooner rather than later, and it will certainly bring positive impacts on the port and related industries in Sarawak.

 

The Change of Status of Bintulu Port to State Port

62. I am delighted to inform this august House that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at Putrajaya, witnessed by the Right Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia and the Right Honourable Premier of Sarawak in March 2024.

63. The Federal Government is in the midst of preparing the bill to repeal the Bintulu Port Authority Act, 1981 and negotiations between both Governments are progressing well.

 

Port Performance

64. Sarawak ports play a catalytic role in driving Sarawak towards becoming a high-income economy by 2030. As Sarawak aims to export more goods, the development and modernisation of our ports must be given priority to ensure their efficiency in facilitating trade and meeting both domestic and international demand.

 

Kuching Port

65. Kuching Port handled a total throughput of 2.34 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2024, an increase of 5.8% compared to the first quarter of 2023.

66. For Kuching Port, the Sarawak Government has funded RM71.4 million for the supply, installation and commissioning of two (2) new electric powered quay cranes. These were fully commissioned at Senari Terminal on 26th March 2024. With these two (2) new quay cranes, Kuching Port will improve its container handling performance on vessel productivity from 26 to 50 Gross Moves Per Hour (GMPH).

67. In addition, a new vehicle yard with a capacity of 2,500 vehicles will be completed in Senari Terminal in the fourth quarter of 2024. It will serve to stow vehicles when Roll-On Roll-Off (RORO) cargo vessels call at Senari Terminal, following the targeted completion of the new Sejingkat­ Samarahan bridge in 2025.

 

Rajang Port

68. Rajang Port registered a total throughput of 0.34 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2024, an increase of 12.4% compared to the first quarter of 2023.

 

Miri Port

69. With a total throughput of 0.85 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2024, Miri Port has registered an increase of 10% compared to the same quarter in 2023.

70. The project on Dredging of Batang Baram Delta and Associated Works is scheduled to commence in the second quarter of 2024.

 

Tanjung Manis Port

71. Tanjung Manis Port handled a total throughput of 0.45 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2024, an increase of 20.73% compared to the first quarter of 2023.

 

Samalaju Port

72. Samalaju Port registered a total of 1.65 million tonnes throughput in the first quarter of 2024, an increase of 24% compared to the first quarter of 2023.

 

Port Summary

73. For the year 2023, the State port authorities registered a decrease of 7.14% (1.64 million tonnes) in total throughput from 22.96 million tonnes in 2022 to 21.32 million tonnes in 2023.

74. The decrease in 2023 cargo volume handled throughout the State ports is attributed to reduced global consumer spending, elevated global inventory levels, high interest rates and inflation.

75. However, I am pleased to inform this august House, for the first quarter of 2024, the State port authorities registered an increase of 12.2% (0.62 million tonnes) in total throughput compared to the first quarter of 2023, as the economy continues to recover.

76. Going forward, my Ministry will work closely with the State ports to implement the recently passed Sarawak Ports Authority Bill, 2024 and to enhance the ports’ role in the import-export logistic supply chain for the economic development in line with the Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030.

 

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

77. I would like to update this august House on the progress made by three Regional Development Agencies, namely the Upper Rajang Development Agency (URDA), the Highland Development Agency (HDA) and Betong Division Development Agency (BDDA), established by the Sarawak Government to expedite regional development.

 

Upper Rajang Development Agency (URDA)

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

78. The Sarawak Government has allocated RM1.5 billion to URDA to carry out 43 projects, comprising:

(i) 27 roads and bridges;

(ii) 11 water supplies;

(iii) Three (3) master plan studies; and

(iv) Two (2) buildings.

79. To date, the status of these projects is as follows:

(i) 10 have been completed;

(ii) 18 are under construction; and

(iii) 15 are at the pre-contract stage.

80. As for the 10 completed projects:

(i) Six (6) are road and bridge projects; and

(ii) Four (4) are non-physical projects namely, three (3) Masterplans for Kapit, Bakun and Belaga, and the acquisition of the URDA office.

81. By the upcoming year, an additional six (6) projects are slated for completion, namely:

(i) Proposed New Road To Ng. Geremai, Kanowit worth RM37.3 million;

(ii) Cadangan Naiktaraf Jalan Ke Long Tangau, Penempatan Semula Metalun, Belaga worth RM15.2 million;

(iii) Cadangan Naiktaraf Jalan Ke SK Tegulang, Penempatan Semula Tegulang, Belaga worth RM9.6 million;

(iv) Proposed Upgrading Of Ex-Logging Road From Proposed Jiwa-Murni Road To Rumah Empang And Settlement Near Batang Rajang worth RM39.0 million;

(v) Proposed Improvement Of Existing Timber Logging Road To Lusong Laku, Sg. Linau (Phase 1) worth RM15.7 million; and

(vi) Proposed New Farm Road From Rh. Taing To Existing Logging Road (Phase 1) worth RM13.4 million.

82. Under the 12th Malaysia Plan Mid-Term Review, four (4) new road infrastructure projects with a total approved ceiling of RM4.0 million have been allocated for implementation up to design stage, aligning with the urgent need for road improvements to resolve traffic congestion as outlined in the Kapit Detailed Masterplan.

83. A collaboration between RECODA and UNIMAS has resulted in the development of the Socio-Economic Development Plan (SEDP) 2022-2026, aimed at enhancing rural communities’ quality of life and identifying growth opportunities. As a result of this collaboration, a total of RM2.0 million has been allocated to URDA under the Mid-Term Review for socio­ economic development in the region.

 

Highland Development Agency (HOA)

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

84. The Highland Development Agency (HDA) has also made significant strides with 51 projects undertaken. A total of 20 infrastructure projects, comprising 19 road and bridge projects and one (1) electricity supply project have been awarded, worth approximately RM576.0 million.

85. As to date, the status of these 51 projects is as follows:

(i) 16 have been completed;

(ii) One (1) is under construction;

(iii) 31 are at the pre-contract stage; and

(iv) Three (3) have been terminated, with one (1) project to be handed over to JKR Sarawak and two (2) to be undertaken by rescue contractor.

86. The Proposed Construction of New Single Lane Bridge Crossing Sg Layun at Long Kevok, Miri Division Project with a contract sum of RM9.0 million is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2024.

87. Notably, the project implementation for the road linking Miri­ Marudi, Marudi-Mulu (Kuala Melinau) and Long Panai-Long Lama, comprising 160.5km of single carriageway, nine (9) major bridges, 13 minor bridges and one (1) passenger jetty terminal has been approved, with construction to commence in the first quarter of 2025.

88. This project will provide a safer and more cost-effective alternative mode of transportation and logistics, complementing the existing air connectivity. Additionally, it is anticipated to stimulate tourism growth, facilitating overall economic development in the region.

89. Under the 12th Malaysia Plan Mid-Term Review, RM2.0 million has been allocated for socio-economic development in 2024 and 2025, focusing on scale-up programmes and downstream activities to enhance the quality of life for rural residents in the HDA area.

 

Betong Division Development Agency (BDDA)

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

90. The Betong Division Development Agency (BDDA) has played a significant role in the development of the region, with a total of 208 projects approved under its umbrella. Originally funded by Alternative Funding, the agency faced limitations in funding socio-economic projects, prompting a migration to Development Expenditure in January 2024. This allows socio­ economic projects to be implemented under this program. This shift in funding has allowed for the approval of 47 new projects on 26th March 2024, worth RM321.0 million.

91. The approved projects under the BDDA are divided into six (6) sectors, each addressing different aspects of development in the region. In terms of Infrastructure Development, BDDA has approved 67 projects worth RM552.24 million. This sector plays a key role in improving the overall infrastructure of the division, ensuring that residents have access to proper roads, bridges and other essential amenities.

92. Under the Social and Women’s Affairs Development sector, 45 projects have been approved worth RM384.59 million. This sector focuses on improving social services and promoting women’s empowerment within the community.

93. Agriculture and Food Industry Development is another important sector, with 42 approved projects worth RM255.92 million. These projects aim to boost the agricultural sector in the division and provide support to local farmers and food producers.

94. Business, Industrial, and Entrepreneurship Development has also received a significant boost, with 32 approved projects worth RM137.54 million. This sector focuses on promoting business growth and entrepreneurship within the division, creating new opportunities for economic development.

95. Tourism and Environmental Development has seen the approval of 13 projects worth RM98.9 million. These projects aim to promote sustainable tourism practices and protect the environment, ensuring that the division remains a desirable destination for visitors.

96. There are nine (9) projects worth RM34.8 million under the Utility and Telecommunication Development. These projects focus on improving utility services and expanding telecommunication infrastructure within the division.

97. Implementing agencies that are involved in BDDA projects include JKR Sarawak, Department of Irrigation and Drainage, Department of Agriculture, Majlis Daerah Betong, Majlis Daerah Saratok, Land Custody and Development Authority, Lembaga Kemajuan Sagu dan Nipah, Sarawak Economic Development Corporation and Ministry of Utility and Telecommunication. Each of these agencies plays a crucial role in the planning, implementation and monitoring of various development projects within the BDDA framework.

98. As of now, the progress of various projects can be compared in terms of their stages of completion. Currently, there is one (1) project that has been fully completed, nine (9) are currently under implementation and the remaining 198 are at pre-contract stage.

99. One (1) project was completed in March 2024 on the upgrading and maintenance of farm roads at various locations in DUN Kabong (Phase 1) worth RM5.0 million.

100. I would like to emphasise the pivotal role of rural development in URDA, HDA and BDDA in realising the aspirations of the PCDS 2030. With concerted efforts and support from all stakeholders, I am confident that these three regional development agencies will contribute significantly to improving connectivity, living standards and economic growth in respective regions, thus ensuring a brighter future for the Rakyat.

 

OTHER PORTFOLIO UNDER THE PURVIEW OF DEPUTY PREMIER

Unit for Other Religions (UNIFOR)

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

101. The allocation given to UNIFOR in 2023 amounting to RM100 million was fully utilised as follows:

(i) RM80 million for construction and repairing works of 477 House of Worships; and

(ii) RM20 million for 125 mission schools.

102. The Sarawak Government is committed to strengthen its policy of inclusivity by increasing the allocation given to UNIFOR amounting to RM110 million in 2024.

103. From the RM110 million grant, a sum of RM90 million has been allocated for construction, repair and upgrading Houses of Worships. As of May 2024, an approved Phase 1 allocation involved an amount of RM14.34 million for 32 projects. For the approved Phase 2, a sum of RM40.87 million was allocated for 91 projects. This assistance will be disbursed soon.

104. The allocation of RM20 million for mission schools are now in the final compilation to be submitted to the Unifor Mission School Executive Committee (UMSEC) for the final endorsement before they are disbursed.

 

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

105. The construction for the UNIFOR building, which commenced on 13th July 2022, is expected to be completed by July 2024. As of April 2024, the progress is nearing completion at 96.38%.

 

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC)

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

106. Now I would like to update this august House on the assistances provided to the people affected by the disaster and measures being undertaken by the Sarawak Government to prepare the community to face any future eventuality due to natural disasters.

 

Northeast Monsoon 2023/2024

107. As declared by the Malaysia Meteorological Department, the Northeast Monsoon 2023/2024 season started on 11th November 2023 and ended on 28th March 2024. During this monsoon season of approximately four (4) months, Sarawak recorded 24 flood occurrences in five (5) Divisions namely Kuching, Serian, Betong, Kapit, and Bintulu.

108. To assist the disaster victims, 22 Temporary Evacuation Centres were activated, coordinated by the District Disaster Management Committee. In these centres, the victims were provided with the necessary assistance including food and basic hygiene necessities from the relevant Government agencies.

109. During this monsoon season, a total of 656 household heads of the disaster victims are eligible for Bantuan Wang Ihsan of RM1,000.00 per household head from the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA).

110. In addition, the Sarawak Welfare Department has allocated a sum of RM475,553.00 for the provision of food and other necessities to the disaster victims at the Temporary Evacuation Centres.

 

River Conservation Project

111. One (1) of the preventive measures to mitigate floods especially in the low-lying river basin areas is through river conservation projects. This measure is important to remove the excess vegetation particularly weeds along riverbanks and to reduce river siltation.

112. To date, a total of 146 river clearing and riverbank protection projects have been completed with an allocation of RM2.78 million. Another 186 projects with an allocation of RM26.6 million are still on going and expected to be completed by December 2024.

 

Financial Aid for Home Fire Victims
(Bantuan Ehsan Kebakaran Rumah)

113. The Sarawak Government provides financial aid of RM70,000.00 maximum per household to fire victims, based on the percentage of damages to the building as assessed by the relevant technical Government agencies.

114. Since 2020 until May 2024, a total of 2,430 pintu of longhouses and individual houses have been approved financial aids totalling RM152.2 million. These financial assistances are indeed critical for the fire victims to rebuild their houses and consequently to provide shelter for their families.

 

Disaster Infrastructure Projects

115. The Sarawak Government also provides allocation for minor emergency repair infrastructure project works due to natural disaster. These projects are implemented and coordinated through the Divisional Disaster Management Committee.

116. At this juncture, 12 projects with an allocation of RM1.89 million have been completed in 2023. The completion of these projects highlighted the Sarawak Government strong commitment to help the affected settlements by swiftly repair the infrastructures damaged by natural disaster.

117. In this respect, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the frontliners who are working relentlessly together with the SDMC in helping and providing all the necessary assistance to the disaster victims.

 

ISSUES RAISED BY AHLI-AHLI YANG BERHORMAT

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

118. Sarawak is indeed fortunate to have Ahli-Ahli Yang Berhormat who are deeply committed to the development of their constituencies and the well-being of the Rakyat The active involvement of Ahli-Ahli Yang Berhormat in debating pertinent issues is a clear indication of their dedication.

119. I would like to express our gratitude to all the Honourable Members who have provided valuable suggestions and feedback pertaining to my ministry. These are the important matters that have been brought up in this august House.

Road Construction

120. I wish to inform Ahli Yang Berhormat for Tamin, on the following projects:

(i) Projek Membina Jalan Nanga Baoh/Nanga Tamin/Stapang Sahagian Mukah, Sibu;

(ii) Projek Membina Jalan Nanga Luam/Nanga Woh/Ulu Mukah, Sibu; and

(iii) Projek membina Jalan Ng. Pakoh to Rh. Pantan Ulu Oya, Sibu.

All three projects are expected to be tendered by the first quarter of 2025.

121. To respond to Ahli Yang Berhormat for Tellian, the project “Road construction from Nanga Baoh to Ulu Baoh” is suspended due to prolonged land issues. The construction will only be continued after land issues are resolved.

122. To address the issue raised by Ahli Yang Berhormat for Telang Usan, the Pembinaan Jambatan Sungai Paong, Long Apu, Ulu Baram, the Construction of Sungai Paong Bridge to Long Apu, Baram, Miri Division is in final stage of preparing tender documents and tentatively to be tendered by the fourth quarter of 2024.

123. For the information of Ahli Yang Berhormat for Kalaka, for pembinaan jalan dari Simpang Bajau ke Kampung Kupang, tender is expected to be called in June 2024.

124. On the concern raised by Ahli Yang Berhormat for Katibas, the construction of Banjor Makut and review construction of Makut to Nanga Lian, Rumah Peter, tender is expected to be called in the fourth quarter of 2024.

125. For the information of Ahli Yang Berhormat for Machan, on Jalan Ulu Machan, the project is currently under tender evaluation stage.

126. I wish to inform Ahli Yang Berhormat for Baleh, on Jalan Ng. Oyan-Sekeroh Oyan (Membina Jalan Akses ke SK Lubok Baya/Klinik Ng. Sekaroh/Rh. Sylvester Jimba/Rh. Nansian Naya Oyan, Kapit), the construction is expected to commence by the third quarter of 2024.

 

Road Upgrading

127. For the information of Ahli Yang Berhormat for Daro on the proposal for dual carriageway from Jambatan Muara Lassa to Daro town, the project is currently under the planning stage.

128. To respond to of Ahli Yang Berhormat for Opar, Projek Menaik taraf jalan dari Jalan Biawak ke Kendaie is currently under pre-contract stage.

129. For the information of Ahli Yang Berhormat for Tellian, for the Upgrading of road at Jalan Tingkas Sebakong, Jalan Bukit Inkerbai, Jalan Lubok Bemban dan Sungai Tajam, Lubok Babi, the project is under pre-contract stage and for Jalan Sebakong, Ulu Sikat ke Lubok Bemban, it is expected to be tendered by the second quarter of 2025.

130. For the information of Ahli Yang Berhormat for Katibas, as for the Jalan Rumah Jabat/Nanga Lian to Nanga Engkuah, tender is expected to be called in August 2024.

131. To respond to the Ahli Yang Berhormat for Jepak, on the request to tar sealed road from Tatau to Kuala Tatau for Phase 1 and Phase 2, JKR Sarawak is in the process of requesting additional allocation for the implementation of Phase 2.

 

Bridges

132. I wish to inform Ahli Yang Berhormat for Opar, the construction project of Jambatan Selampit is currently under tender stage.

133. On the concerns raised by Ahli Yang Berhormat for Katibas, as for the construction of bridge crossing at Rumah Jamba, tender is expected to be called in the fourth quarter of 2024. As for the Musah bridge, construction of a temporary bridge is to be completed by the end of this month and the reconstruction of Musah bridge is expected to be tendered next year.

134. To respond to Ahli Yang Berhormat for Batu Kitang on the request to rebuild Batu Kitang Bridge, it will be incorporated under the Proposed Upgrading of Jalan Kuching-Bau Phase 2.

 

Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS)

135. For the information of Ahli Yang Berhormat for Tebedu on ICQS Tebedu, the project will commence work by the first quarter of 2025.

 

Street Lightings

136. For the information of Ahli Yang Berhormat for Repok, the solar street lighting along Jalan Kwong Ming to Minah will be installed this year.

 

Ferry Ramps

137. I wish to inform Ahli Yang Berhormat for Pelagus that the construction of a ferry ramp at Nanga Tulie and Nanga Melipis is expected to commence by the third quarter of 2024.

 

Infrastructure projects

138. For the information of Ahli Yang Berhormat for Engkilili, as for the six (6) infrastructure projects approved under KKDW amounting to RM641.0 million, all are under pre-contract stage.

 

Others

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

139. On the several requests for street lightings, building, bridge, roads (new, upgrading and rehabilitation works), upgrading abandoned logging roads, pedestrian bridges, traffic light, formation of traffic patrol team by Ahli-Ahli Yang Berhormat for Tellian, Repok, Meluan, Simunjan, Murum, Batu Danau, Krian, Ngemah, Engkilili, Stakan, Beting Maro, Bawang Assan, Jepak, Saleh, Bukit Semuja, Pelagus, Machan and Serembu, my Ministry will deliberate and consider these requests and propose the viable projects to be considered under the 13th Malaysia Plan (2026-2030).

 

CONCLUSION

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker,

140. I want to acknowledge my sincere gratitude to Tan Sri Datuk Amar Speaker for effectively handling the proceedings of this august House.

141. My appreciation also goes to all the Honourable Members, Sarawak Civil Servants, notably my Ministry and its agencies, members of the media, and everyone present here for your steadfast dedication and commitment, ensuring the seamless running of this session.

142. As the Gawai Dayak festival draws near, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone who are celebrating, Selamat Ari Gawai Dayak, Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai, Lantang Senang Nguan Menua. I welcome everyone to ngabang to the Majlis Rumah Terbuka Gawai Dayak on 1st June at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching. Let us embrace our cultural heritage and strengthen the spirit of “Segulai Sejalai”.

 

Projek Infrastruktur Giat Dilaksana;

Entiti Pelabuhan Menjadi Satu;

Di Bawah Pimpinan Premier Bijaksana;

Sarawak Makmur Rakyatnya Bersatu.

Tanjong Sebekut cukup besai,

Endur kitai betanam padi,

Abang Johari tuai kitai,

Rayat tetap nyukung berari.

Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai;

Lantang Senang Nguan Menua;

Satu Jun Gawai Besai;

Ngambi Kita Ngabang Semua.

 

Terima Kasih.

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