Monday, 14 January, 2019, Kuching: Nothing can be any prouder for the five young locals from Sematan who are part of the team who are building the road linking their hometown to Telok Melano.
The five young ladies- Fredyanna Ruth, Magdeline Ison, Moreen Ison, Eme Lina and Jacklyne Lacy are based at Telok Melano-Sematan works package of the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak project.
For Moreen Ison who is a Site Engineer with Samling Resources, the main contractor for the stretch, she has learnt what it is like to build drainage, turfing, railings, among others.
“This is my first job after my internship with Samling Resources. Being a fresh graduate, I must say I knew nothing about the real work at site.
“I got the first taste of being an engineer when I followed my seniors to site. There, I learned how road is constructed.
“It is not as simple as building road per se as we also have to look into so many other things like drainage, turfing, railings etc.
“I am glad I am part of this Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak project as I have learned a lot and what I have picked up here is good for my career progression in the future,” said Moreen who is a civil engineering graduate from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Her colleague, Eme Lina who is also a Site Engineer, said the project had given her a very good exposure.
“We are talking about building a highway of JKR R5 standard although the Telok Melano-Sematan stretch is of two-lane dual carriageway.
“It is not easy to build this stretch as it was a virgin forest literally and we had to open it up to build the road leading to Telok Melano.
“Being a fresh graduate, this is something amazing as I see with my own eyes how the engineering skills can create wonders by building this beautiful road.
“I must say I have learned a lot from here,” said Eme.
Fredyanna Ruth and Magdeline Ison who are both Document Control Officer said they had never heard of Telok Melano until they started working in this project.
“Honestly, we have not been to this part of Sematan as the only way to Telok Melano in the past was to use boat.
“We don’t even know where it is until I became part of the team to build this stretch of the road.
“As a local from Sematan, we are proud to see new road leading to Telok Melano and the fact that we are part of the team.
“Also, this project has created job opportunities to the locals,” said Fredyanna and Magdeline.
Jacklyne Lacy who graduated with a mechanical engineering diploma from Kuching Polytechnic said she was elated to be part of the team in building the road.
“Although I have been assigned to do something which is different from my scope of studies, I do not mind at all as I am learning something new.
“What is important to me is I am taking this opportunity to learn from my seniors about highway building.
“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and there won’t be any highway project in many years to come.
“So, together with my four colleagues here, we are proud to be part of the construction of Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak,” said Jacklyne who is a Quantity Surveying Clerk.