The 2.4 km bridge will cut travelling time for coastal road motorists, solve treated water supply problem to Pulau Bruit
DARO: The construction of the RM600 million Muara Lassa Bridge is expected to take four years to be completed, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Abang Johari said once completed, the 2.43-kilometre bridge would be the second longest in the state after the proposed Batang Lupar Bridge.
“When completed, it will connect Daro to Pulau Bruit and other places by road,” he said during a press conference after performing groundbreaking of the Muara Lassa Bridge construction here yesterday.
The bridge will also solve the problem of treated water supply shortage to Pulau Bruit as the water pipes can be fixed on its sides to carry treated water from Daro to the island.
Earlier, when speaking before more than 7,000 people who attended the groundbreaking ceremony, Abang Johari recalled his promise to build the bridge was made when he visited Daro in 2017.
“When I came then, I just took over the helm of the state from the late chief minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem.
“When I came back, I was asked if the project is doable because of the size of Muara Lassa river. But I am confident it can be done.”
He said the state could fund the construction of Muara Lassa Bridge by using the income generated from the imposition of tax on oil and gas (O&G) products.
“With people’s prayers when we formed our own party, the idea came to impose tax on our oil and gas products to get extra income for the state.”
Abang Johari noted that the state was expected to generate about RM3 billion income annually from the O&G tax which was introduced early this year.
“This is where the funds to build RM11 billion coastal road from Kuching to Miri came from. RM11 billion is not a small amount and I know from financing and economy aspects, it will take at least five to six years.
“Apart from our other sources of income, this RM3 billion annually is our extra income. In five years, we will get RM15 billion from the tax,” he said.
Among those present were Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, Minister of Housing and Local Government Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, Assistant Minister of Infrastructure and Ports Development Datuk Julaihi Narawi, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Abdullah Saidol and Daro assemblyman Safiee Ahmad.