While we lament the terrible congestion on the urban roads in the peninsula, spare a thought for motorists in Sarawak using this horribly muddy road from Miri to Marudi.
The road used to be the path to a logging camp which has now been converted into an oil palm estate, according to Sarawak resident Daniel who alerted me.
It is near an area where (illegal?) logging and quarrying was carried out and native customary land was turned over for oil palm cultivation, he adds.
Now Sarawak state has announced the upgrading (repaving?) work by the concessionaire – guess who… why, the Taib Mahmud family company CMS, of course – at a cost of RM77m.
The Borneo Post reports:
Mawan said the stretch of road, which was built under the Jiwa Murni programme, had been in a bad state due to heavy rain and overloading of heavy vehicles.
“We are not saying that the road is not good enough but the standard was not meant to cater for heavy vehicles,” he said.
Members of the Royal Malay Army Regiment were reportedly involved in the building of this road under the Jiwa Murni programme, and the road maintenance comes under the army until June 2016. Can someone enlighten me as to why the army has to be involved in road-building in Sarawak?
The road has enabled rural folk to sell their agricultural produce and fish at urban centres such as Miri. But the terrible condition of the road has caused much hardship and inconvenience.
It is interesting that the ‘upgrading’ of the road will cost more than the original allocation for the road.
Prime Minister Najib announced an allocation of RM60m to construct the road on 15 April 2011, on the eve of the Sarawak state election on 16 April. You help me, I help you?
Well, this is the road that the voters finally got. Janji ditepati!
Said another Sarawakian wryly, “It’s okay, they can complain. But when it comes to elections, they will still vote for BN.”
If you don’t think this is the worst road in Malaysia, send me a photo of a worse road to prove it…