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
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.
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.