Wee: Bigger Airport Can Boost Socio-Economic Growth


MUKAH: Mukah Airport will be a catalyst for local development and it will facilitate the socio-economic growth of the fishing town located in the interior of Sarawak, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

“The newest airport is not only the state’s latest icon, as it will be a catalyst for development and also bring multiplier effects on socio-economic growth in this district.

“It is Putrajaya’s ambition to do their best for Keluarga Malaysia, especially Sarawak, so that the development of government can be passed on to every Malaysian,” he said in his speech at the launch of the airport yesterday.

Dr Wee is confident that Mukah Airport will support the Sarawak State Government’s economic plan for SCORE (Sarawak Renewable Energy Corridor).

“It will also encourage economic growth in Mukah by facilitating movement between the commercial sector and exports of fish, food and also local products such as sago and umai, which is the special delicacy of Melanau.

“Mukah Airport will ensure the improvement of tourism and business activities in the state, thus providing more employment opportunities for the local population,” he added.

“We can see that improving public transport has not only brought connectivity and accessibility, it has also opened up various business opportunities.

“It will also support tourism activities and create more jobs through socio-economic development that will create a progressive and developed nation.

“This is the true meaning of Keluarga Malaysia by the Prime Minister,” Dr Wee said.

The Minister of Transport also said that the completion of Mukah Airport was an important milestone for Sarawak, as the construction of the airport took place at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With travel being limited due to the pandemic, he said, many proposals for the construction and renovation of the airport had to be reconsidered by the ministry.

“Mukah Airport is an example of the government’s sincerity in ensuring that the needs and interests of residents are upheld,” he said, adding that the airport began operations on June 17. and that it could accommodate larger planes.

“Before that, only the Twin Otter (DHC-6), which has a small capacity, could only land at Mukah.

“With the construction of this latter airport, it can accommodate larger planes such as the ATR which can carry 70 passengers in a single trip,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg thanked Dr Wee for taking time out of his busy schedule to get to Mukah airport.

Abang Johari also said that the ambition of the people of Mukah is to have a bigger airport that can accommodate more tourists.

“It shows how good relations are between Sarawak and Putrajaya,” he said.

Construction of Mukah Airport began in 2017.


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