RIVERS are truly the lifeblood of the Sarawak economy. The massive upgrading now taking place on the Pan-Borneo Highway spanning the state’s entire length – a distance of 1,000km – may in due time change the overall dynamics of logistics and therefore economic flows throughout the state.
However, in the meantime, the major waterways such as the Sarawak, Lupar, Rajang and Baram rivers will continue to call the economic shots. Kuching, Sibu and Miri are all served by riverine ports. Bintulu Port is the state’s only full-fledged sea port.
The rivers’ contribution to the state’s economy is only going to be even more greatly enhanced once all the major dams being planned or built in the upper reaches and tributaries of the main Sarawak rivers are completed and become fully operational.