Pan-Bor­neo High­way to cre­ate 400,000 jobs for peo­ple in Sabah and Sarawak, says PM

Sabah con­trac­tors will be pri­ori­tised for the high­way project, says PM

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RES­I­DENTS here will see more de­vel­op­ment and en­joy more job op­por­tu­ni­ties once the toll­free Pan-Bor­neo High­way project is com­pleted.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, who launched the project here yes­ter­day, said it would cre­ate 400,000 jobs for the peo­ple of Sabah and Sarawak, as well as busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal con­trac­tors.

“We will en­sure that con­trac­tors from Sabah are pri­ori­tised, and not those from Penin­su­lar Malaysia. But, joint ven­tures with other con­trac­tors are al­lowed.

“The Pan-Bor­neo High­way project is a world-class project and is a gift from Barisan Na­sional to the peo­ple,” said Na­jib.

He said with the com­ple­tion of the high­way project, the peo­ple of Sabah could cut short their trav­el­ling time, ben­e­fit­ing those in the in­te­rior.

He was speak­ing dur­ing the fourth launch of the project’s work pack­age at SMK Sin­du­min here.

The ear­lier launches were in Kam­pung An­dus, Pa­par for the Pa­par-Dong­gongon Road; Tawau-Sem­porna Road (5km); and La­had Datu By­pass (7km).

He de­scribed yes­ter­day’s launch as his­toric, mark­ing the project’s first kilo­me­tre, which be­gins at Sin­du­min.

The work pack­age of the PanBor­neo High­way here would see the up­grad­ing of the 28.4km Sin­du­min-Kam­pung Me­lalia stretch.

It will be turned into a four-lane dual car­riage­way, in­volv­ing two multi-tier in­ter­changes and three bridges.

The RM12.86 bil­lion project, cov­er­ing 1,286km, is ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2025.

Na­jib said the gov­ern­ment would con­tinue to en­sure that Sabah would be on a par with other states in Malaysia in terms of de­vel­op­ment.

Ear­lier, Sabah Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the peo­ple of Sarawak and Brunei would be able to travel to Sipitang more com­fort­ably once the high­way was com­pleted.

The dis­trict, he added, was fa­mous for sa­tay and durian.

The dis­trict is also the fo­cus area for the Sabah Oil and Gas Ter­mi­nal and Sabah Am­mo­nia Urea.

PIX BY ED­MUND SAMUNTING

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak at the launch of the PanBor­neo High­way project in Sipitang yes­ter­day. With him are (from left) Sipitang mem­ber of par­lia­ment Datuk Sa­pawi Ah­mad, Sabah Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitin­gan, Works Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Fadil­lah Yu­sof and Sabah Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Musa Aman. (In­set) Na­jib at the project’s ground­break­ing cer­e­mony in Sipitang yes­ter­day.

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