Long Lama Bridge Will Bring Significant Impact – Dennis

LONG LAMA: Long Lama bridge will change the economic landscape of Long Lama and Telang Usan as well as Baram.

Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau said once completed, the bridge would have significant socio-economic impact on the people, not only in Telang Usan but the whole of Baram including the state.

He added that that the bridge is one of the infrastructure projects implemented under Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) initiative.

To what level will be the impact, that we will have to wait and see. But my answer is definitely yes. The bridge will change the mood of our people. I believe more locals will have a new lease of life into economic dynamism such as going into modern farming, he said when met by The Borneo Post.

He further said that the community in Baram would be able to move around unhindered when the RM70-million bridge is completed as currently they depended on a ferry to cross the river.

The completion of the Long Lama Bridge, he added, would spur more road connectivity in Baram.

I am sure the state and federal government will listen to us and our request for government to build the road connecting Long Lama town to Long Bedian sub-district and from there onwards to Long Iman Penan Settlement along Ulu Tutoh, a 30-minute boat ride to enable visitors to visit Mulu National Park, he said.

Dennis believed that the road would make it easier for people to visit the world-famous national park as presently flights were frequently cancelled due to bad weather and lately there had been reduction in number of flights.

The mood of locals to travel will be high as the bridge will open up uncontrolled travelling or movements, especially in and out of Long Lama town, Apoh and Tutoh regions. As of now, people feel their movements are being controlled by the operating hours of the ferry crossing the Baram river.

The experience of long waiting hours at the ferry point makes people feel reluctant to return to their respective longhouses, Dennis said.

In addition, he believed that the bridge would be of great relief during times of emergency as people would be able to send sick people to Miri Hospital for treatment any time of the day.

Now people are reluctant to send sick people down to Miri between 10pm and 7am as the ferry operator will charge hefty fees just to operate the ferry for them. This could be a matter of life and death.

For this, I thank the state government especially the late Chief Minister Tok Nan (Pehin Sri Adenan Satem) for approving our request for the bridge to be built. This is the proof that Barisan Nasional is really a government that works tirelessly for the people, delivering promise after promise.

The bridge is scheduled to be completed by early 2019. But I have confidence that the bridge will be open to public by end of 2018. Based on contractor’s estimate it is now 50 per cent completed, Dennis added.

Source: The Borneo Post