Ferry services in Sarawak to end by 2025

Ferry users complying with the ferry SOPs by walking to the ferry. – New Sarawak Tribune Pix

By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK will replace all ferry services with bridges by 2025, including the one at Triso Jetty, which hit the headlines recently after a 4WD vehicle fell into the river from a ferry, killing nine from a family.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg said the state government will build the bridges to replace all ferry services and also make sure they were all toll-free.

He said it was the policy of the former Chief Minister, the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem to replace the ferry services by constructing bridges.

“The proposed Batang Lupar Bridge (to replace ferry services at Triso Jetty) was supposed to be financed 50-50 by both the federal and state governments, but when Pakatan Harapan took over the government, they withdrew the funds,” he told reporters today.

Abang Johari said state funds had been allocated for the construction of Batang Lupar bridge and the earth breaking ceremony will be held soon.

“I expect all these bridges, including Batang Lupar, to be completed by 2025. It will take about four years to complete Batang Lupar (bridge) because it is the longest, which is about seven kilometres,” he said.

Other bridges which are currently under construction include Batang Paloh, Batang Lassa, Batang Saribas, Batang Krian and the Kemena River.