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Longest ever bailey bridge, road to Belaga nearly over — Mindef
Tarikh : 15 Oct 2013  Sumber Berita: The Borneo Post

The construction of the Menjawah-Belaga road and Belaga bailey bridge undertaken by the Royal Army Engineers Regiment and the Malaysian Armed Forces is expected to be completed within three weeks from now.


Speaking in Belaga after making a site inspection last Saturday, Ministry of Defence (Mindef) secretary general Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Ahmad said the 138-metre long bailey bridge is now 90 per cent completed, while the 38km Menjawah-Belaga road is about 93 per cent complete.


“The bailey bridge connecting Menjawah and Belaga town is the longest bailey bridge built by the army in Malaysia thus far.


“This is a success not only for the Sarawak, but to the people who live here,” he said. Ismail believes that the project which cost about RM 62 million will have a multiplier effect on the people living there – mostly Kenyahs, Kayans, Penans, Punan, Malays, Chinese and other indigenous tribes.


On the bailey bridge, he said once it is completed, economic activities there will increase, thus uplifting the people’s living standard.


“Before this, Belaga was difficult to reach, but after the road was completed, it is now easily accessible,” Ismail said.


First Infantry Division commander Lieutenant General Datuk Mohd Zaki Mokhtar and Royal Engineer Regiment chief engineer Brigadier-General Datuk Pahlawan Ir Abdul Nasser Ahmad were also present at the event.