MP: Review Paltry Pan-Borneo Highway Allocation

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The so called 'Pan Borneo Highway' linking Sarawak and Sabah via Brunei.

The so called ‘Pan Borneo Highway’ linking Sarawak and Sabah via Brunei.

Kota Kinabalu MP Jimmy Wong wants the Federal Government to review the paltry sum given to Sabah and Sarawak for the construction of the Pan Borneo highway as Tabled by the Prime Minister in the national Budget 2014.

“Why must the sum be given in stages? Why can’t it be given at one time? You see the government is only allocating RM500 million per year for the road project which costs RM23 billion and scheduled to be completed by 2025,” The Borneo Post quoted Jimmy Wong on Tuesday.

“With only RM500 million a year, how can the highway be completed by 2025… it would take 40 years to construct the road if that is the allocation we get annually,” he said, adding that this does not make sense as Malaysia is supposed to attain a developed nation status by 2020.

Jimmy Wong who is also Sabah DAP chairman said that it showed the federal government was not serious about Sabah’s infrastructure development as it has given much more in terms of allocations to infrastructure development in Peninsular Malaysia.

“Sabah and Sarawak must be given priority when it comes to development because without Sabah and Sarawak, there would be no Malaysia … the Barisan Nasional government would not be in power if it was not for the voters in these two states,” he said.

The allocation is for the Pan Borneo highway which will boost tourism in Sabah but equally important is the flyovers so that the traffic congestion problem in the state capital can be resolved, he stressed.