SIPITANG: The various ongoing and future mega projects in Sabah are proofs that the federal government is concerned in bringing in rapid development into the state and not just a mere lip service, said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
He said in addition to the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway project in the state, the toll-free road linking Sindumin and Tawau, and the construction of the Peoples’ Housing Project (PPR) were also being intensified.
“Yesterday (Friday), the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) had officiated a PPR project in Batu Sapi, Sandakan and also announced that the Sandakan Airport’s runway will be extended.
“These are the proof that the Prime Minister and the Barisan Nasional (BN)-led government are concerned over Sabah…not just the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway but also other infrastructure for the people’s comfort. This is not just a mere lip service but real,” he said.
Musa said this in his speech at the launching ceremony of the Sabah Pan Borneo Highway which was officiated by Najib in Sindumin near here Saturday.
Also present were Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is also Sabah Infrastructure Development; Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusuf; and his deputy minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin.
Musa said such infrastructure projects meant for the people had also ward off allegations by the opposition that the state had been marginalised by the federal government.
Meanwhile, Musa, who is also Sabah BN chairman, said the coalition’s component parties in the state would continue to focus on the objective of its struggle and to be on the right track in developing Sabah and the people.
“We (Sabah’s BN-led government) have a good track record and we will continue to give undivided support to the Prime Minister to administer and materialise TN50 (National Transformation 2050),” he said.
The 28.4-kilometre long upgrading project of Jalan Sindumin-Kampung Melalia here is part of the highway project’s first phase which will facilitate access to oil and gas-based economic corridor area between Sipitang and Kimanis once completed.
Najib himself described the Pan Borneo Highway project in Sabah as yet more evidence to fend off opposition allegations that Malaysia is a failed state.
He said the project demonstrated the BN government helmed by him was not merely politicking.
“If we are a failed state, how could we build a RM12 billion highway, and toll free for that matter,” Najib said in his Facebook posting.
The upgrading of Jalan Sindumin-Kampung Melalia, Sipitang, a distance of 28.4 kilometres comes at an estimated cost of RM600 million. It involves the upgrading of the existing two-lane road into a four-lane highway encompassing the construction of two interchanges and three bridges.
It is a section of the 706-km Sabah Pan Borneo Highway mega project from Sindumin to Kudat in the west coast and from Ranau to Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Tawau on the east coast.