In Numbers: JKR Development Projects in Sarawak


Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR) is synonymous with infrastructure development in Sarawak. It is one of the main government departments in the State that ensures the provision of various physical infrastructure such as roads, bridges, wharves, jetties, and river walls.

In 2022, it carried out 782 development projects. 162 of them were completed, 215 were under construction, and 405 were in the pre-contract phase, which involved planning, designing, documenting, and tendering.

Source: Jabatan Kerja Raya Sarawak

Most of these projects were undertaken in divisions of Kuching (109), Miri (91), Samarahan (86) and Kapit (80). Meanwhile, 16 projects were implemented across more than one division (Table 1).

Table 1: Breakdown of development projects under JKR in Sarawak based on division (Source: Jabatan Kerja Raya Sarawak)

When asked about upcoming projects for 2023 in an interview with RAKAN Sarawak, JKR Sarawak director Ir. Ts. Richard Tajan states that projects under the purview of the department tend to be carried out over several years.

JKR Sarawak director Ir. Ts. Richard Tajan

In fact, while 162 projects have been completed as of December 2022, the remaining 620 projects are in various stages of implementation and thus are only expected to finish between 2023 and 2024.

Separately, there are a total of 10,268 projects being implemented by the department under the 12th Malaysia Plan (2021-2025). Majority of them are Rural Transformation Projects (9,486), whereas the rest are either under the Sarawak Government (426) or the Federal Government (356).

Ir. Ts. Richard notes that JKR strives to monitor the timely completion of development projects under its purview. File photo
Most JKR development projects under the 12th Malaysia Plan are Rural Transformation Projects or RTP. File photo

Federal Government infrastructure development projects, according to Ir. Ts. Richard, include the Sarawak Pan Borneo Highway project, road projects, health clinics, and dilapidated schools.

One of JKR’s development projects funded by the Federal Government is the Sarawak Pan Borneo Highway project. Seen here is the Pujut Section in Miri Division, which is 15.9km long from Miri Airport Junction to Pujut Link Road
Apart from roads and bridges, JKR implements development projects requiring constructions of buildings such as schools and places of worship. File photo
Among JKR’s essential roles is ensuring the provision of physical infrastructure that benefit the people in Sarawak. File photo


Official Website of Public Works Department (PWD) Sarawak. (n.d.).

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