Aug 5, 2008
RESIDENTS of Kampung Cina in Sitiawan finally have their wish come true. They will get a new bridge connecting the village to Seri Manjung town.
Perak senior state executive councillor member Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham said the residents had been applying for a new bridge to replace the existing wooden bridge for the past 10 years.
He noted that the wooden bridge, connecting the two areas, was narrow and was only accessible by motorcycles and bicycles.
“Three cars have fallen into the river because the bridge was too small,” said Ngeh after the groundbreaking ceremony for the bridge in Kampung Cina recently
Wider and safer: Workers preparing to build the new bridge after the groundbreaking ceremony.
He said the new bridge would also shorten each trip between Kampung Cina and Seri Manjung by 5km.
“It is only a short distance between the two areas but the people need to go one big round from one place to the other,” he added.
Construction of the new concrete bridge, measuring 3m wide and 15m long, would commence after the groundbreaking ceremony, said Ngeh, adding that it would be completed within two weeks.
“We will also install proper lighting near the bridge for the safety of users,” he said.
“Inclusive of a tar road that leads to the bridge, the whole project will cost about RM100,000,” said Ngeh.
He added that developer King Ong Development Sdn Bhd was willing to bear all the costs for the project to show gratitude to the state government for adopting a transparent policy.