KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah State Legislative Assembly sitting today was told that 1,236 kilometers of roads in Sabah will be upgraded under the Pan Borneo Highway Project.
Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said the project which passed through towns such as Sindumin, Sipitang, Beaufort, Membakut, Papar, Penampang, Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran, Kota Belud, Kudat, Tamparuli, Ranau, Telupid, Lahad Datu, Tawau, Kalabakan, Serudong, Sapulut, Nabawan , Keningau and Kimanis would benefit residents along the road alignment.
“Under Phase 1 of the Pan Borneo Program, 706km of dual carriageway with double lanes either way would be built at a cost of RM12.86 billion,” Pairin said when replying to a question from Roland Chia Ming Shen (PKR-Inanam) at the State Assembly sitting, here.
According to Pairin, who is also Sabah Infrastructural Development Minister, the roads to be built were Jalan Sindumin-Kota Kinabalu, Jalan Kota Kinabalu-Tuaran, Jalan Tuaran-Kudat, Jalan Ranau-Telupid, Jalan Telupid-Lahad Datu and Jalan Lahad Datu – Tawau.
In another development, the State Assembly was also informed that the Sabah Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, through the Sabah Tourism Board (LPS) would collaborate with Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad (MAHB) to encourage airlines to open new routes to Sabah from international destinations.
Replying to a question from Datuk Abdul Mijul Unaini (BN-Banggi), Sabah Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Pang Yuk Ming said MAHB had allocated RM10 million for the collaboration for the period 2016 until 2017.
According to Pang, Sabah now had 146 direct international flights with a capacity of 24,038 passengers a week connecting Sabah with 16 destinations namely Brunei, Hong Kong, Shenzen, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Jakarta, Tarakan, Bali, Manila, Tokyo, Perth, Singapura, Seoul and Taipei.