By Syauqi Jamil
KOTA RAJA: Whether Pakatan Harapan (PH) wins the Sungai Kandis by-election or not, the Works Ministry will still push for road and drainage upgrade in the area.
Works Minister Baru Bian said such principles are part of the PH government policy in bringing development to the people, regardless of political alignment.
“(Either way) We will proceed. The federal government will implement developmental works without looking at politics. This is for the welfare of the people.”
“This is different than the previous regime. In Sarawak it was very obvious. My area was victimised. So I understand,” said the Selangau MP.
Speaking to reporters after his work visit in Sungai Kandis, Baru said that his ministry will be evaluating the issue adding that his ‘very strong recommendation’ will be given for the matter to be taken care of as soon as possible.
“It has been delayed for quite some time. I understand and feel for the people. I believe its time for us to consider this seriously,” he said.
Earlier today, Baru visited two main areas in Sungai Kandis that are in dire need for road and drain upgrades.
Jalan Kebun and Jalan Bukit Kemuning are both currently in bad conditions and is often congested due to the area being heavily surrounded by industrial factories.
On top of that, poor drainage system around the area too have been causing flood in Sungai Kandis from time to time.
Baru explained that the proposed upgrade of two lane to four have been calculated to be around 12km long. 6km for Jalan Kebun and 6km for Jalan Bukit Kemuning.
He said the project, including fixing the drainage system as well as adding traffic lights is estimated to cost around RM230 million, RM115 million for each road.