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King launches Guai bridge in Pahang

BERA: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah officially launched the Kampung Seberang Guai bridge here yesterday.

His Majesty also consented to the naming of the 770m bridge, built at a cost of RM98.5 million and spanning Sungai Pahang, as the Al-Sultan Abdullah Bridge.

Al-Sultan Abdullah hoped that the bridge will not only connect both banks of the river and strengthen the bonds between the people, but also bring development to nearby areas.

"With the construction of this bridge, we can head to Chenor... and there is a big bridge there, too. But it is a little sad as Chenor and the surrounding areas, such as Kampung Nyak and Kampung Pesagi, cannot be developed more rapidly.

"However, I hope that with this new bridge, there will be a new paradigm. Make efforts and hold programmes to ensure each basic facility is sufficient and can encourage activities, (such as) agriculture. If this can be worked on, InshaAllah, every village can be developed."

Al-Sultan Abdullah said this at the launch of the Kampung Seberang Guai bridge.

Present was Regent of Pahang Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Al-Sultan Abdullah.

Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is rural and regional development minister, Deputy Works Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail and former prime minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who is Bera member of parliament.

Al-Sultan Abdullah also urged for the swift completion of the new bridge in Temerloh, which is still under construction, to address the high volume of traffic on the Sultan Ahmad Shah Bridge.

His Majesty also expressed his gratitude to all parties involved in the construction of the Guai bridge, which was completed on Nov 30, 2021. The project gained approval in 2016 through a Rural and Regional Development Ministry allocation.

The construction of the Guai bridge, said Al-Sultan Abdullah, began after the floods in 2014, which cut off links to nine villages, involving 1,200 residents.

"Let us make this bridge a symbol and landmark that is a testament to the link between myself and my people, between the palace and the community, because the palace where the king resides is where the people seek shelter or help to resolve their problems," said His Majesty.

Al-Sultan Abdullah also advised the Rural and Regional Development Ministry, a ministry that receives large allocations, to prioritise development projects for rural residents.

On a separate matter, Al-Sultan Abdullah said the Kembara Kenali Borneo experience, which he embarked on earlier this month, left a lasting impression on His Majesty and his family.

Al-Sultan Abdullah, who was accompanied by Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, was "filled with sweet experiences, nothing bitter and everything went well".

"I want to take this opportunity... This is the first time I am speaking about this after 10 days of tour, and my family still miss the people of Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei and, of course, Pahang.

"Let me tell everyone in Borneo that it is far from the eyes, but close to the heart. I hope the people (in Borneo) miss us too,"

Al-Sultan Abdullah also expressed his wish to publish a book and produce a video of his experiences in the 2,154-km journey, which took them along the Pan Borneo Highway from Sept 3 to 13. — BERNAMA

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