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RM16.8 million bridge to be built over Babagon River
Published on: Wednesday, June 19, 2024
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RM16.8 million bridge to be built over Babagon River
Ewon performing the ground-breaking ceremony for the bridge.
PENAMPANG: A RM16.8 million bridge is set to be built over the Babagon River, connecting Kg Timpangoh to the main road, benefiting some 6,000 villagers. 

Penampang Member of Parliament Datuk Ewon Benedick said the 90-metre concrete bridge is expected to be completed within two years as set by the Public Works Department.

“This bridge has been a highly anticipated infrastructure project for the residents of Bahagon sub-district, particularly for those involved in transporting agriculture produce, commuting to work and taking their children to school.

“This government initiative is a valuable contribution to the local community and I’m optimistic that it will deliver substantial advantages to the resident,” he told reporters after the ground-breaking ceremony held at the construction site, here, Tuesday.

According to him, the bridge would also benefit villagers, most of whom are farmers with their main crop being Lemon Grass and Galangal.

“With the construction of the bridge they will be able to bring out their farm produce to reach a wider market,” he said, adding the bridge would also be able to accord children with comfortable transportation to schools.

Previously, there was only one low-level crossing route in Babagon, which served as the only way out and with the completion of this bridge in the near future, it will become the main route for the villagers.

Meanwhile, Ewon, who is also Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative Minister, said he has earmarked smaller-scale funds from his Ministry for specific projects, including the RM300,000 upgrade of Tamu Babagon in boosting entrepreneurship in the area. 

He encouraged farmers in the villages to form or join cooperatives to ensure their economic empowerment, social cohesion and sustainable development for their members and the broader community.

Also present at the event were Upko Deputy President Datuk Donald Mojuntin, Penampang Parliament liaison officer Bryan Matasing and District Officer Francis Chong and Village Chief Monis A Gimbun.

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