MUKAH: Just like previous festive seasons pre-pandemic, the Batang Igan ferry point is once again full of travellers, causing congestion.
Many are returning to their hometowns either to break fast with their families or are going back for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.
Deputy Minister in the Premier’s Office (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Dr Juanda Jaya, who is also the Jemoreng assemblyman, said he had made a request to Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas to increase the number of ferries to overcome this problem.
“I have written a letter to Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas on April 18 to request for three additional ferries to be added to the Igan ferry service, running simultaneously from early morning until 1am as soon as possible until a week after Hari Raya.”
He told the media this during a working visit to the Batang Igan ferry point and Kampung Igan on Monday (April 25).
He also advised all ferry users to be extra careful and always prioritise safety. “Follow the instructions of the ferry staff and be patient.”
“As an assemblyman, I will always strive to ensure that facilities for the people are improved.
“Other than that, the Public Works Department (JKR) has conducted an inspection and JKR repairing any damage as soon as possible on both sides of the ferry point,” Juanda added.
He also reviewed several development projects at Kampung Igan, including the proposed jetty repairs near the Rumah Temah Isai area, Kampung Sekerang, Igan, Matu (Rural Transformation Project of RTP2022).
Next, he visited the construction site for Pusat Aktiviti Usahawan Wanita Igan, Matu (RTP2022), the construction of a bridge at Kampung Pulau, Igan, Matu and the construction of a bridge at the Ismunie Mohamad area, Kampung Pulau Igan, Matu (RTP2022).
He also assessed the status of the proposed futsal field project near Kampung Tengah Igan (RTP2020) and the Lorong Dengin jetty repairs, Kebuaw, Matu (RTP2022).
Also present were Matu District officer Wan Hipni Wan Mohamad, Mukah JKR assistant engineer Awang Dasuki Awang Dol, Mukah Department of Irrigation and Drainage representatives, Matu-Daro District Council and Mukah JKR.