Friday, June 25

State govt proposes 3 projects worth RM78.5 million to improve port development


A bird’s eye view of Kuching Port at Pending. – File photo

KUCHING: The state government is proposing to undertake three major projects worth RM78.5 million to improve the state’s port development.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg when tabling the State Budget 2020 this morning, revealed that out of the total, RM8 million would be for investigations, survey, hydraulic study and preparation of a Master Plan of a Deep Sea Port at Tanjung Po, Kuching.

Meanwhile, RM30.5 million would be for Kuching Vessel Traffic Management System to enhance its navigational safety; and RM40 million for installation of aids to navigation for Kuala Rajang to enhance the safe navigation of access channel towards Tanjung Manis and Rajang Port.

“Ports are essential to support economic activities since they act as a crucial connection between sea and land transport in Sarawak.

“In meeting the demands of global trading, our ports’ accessibility and infrastructures need to be improved, upgraded and equipped with state-of-art machinery and technology which will enhance its efficiency and effectiveness, making them more attractive as transit and transshipment hubs,” he said.

Abang Johari was tabling the State Budget 2020 this morning on the first day of the 18th State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Sitting.