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Posted on : 06 Aug 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Sarawak to build Pan Borneo ‘missing link’ from Limbang to Brunei after Putrajaya drops project

Abang Johari (front, centre) and Awang Tengah, on his right, take a walk along the nearly-completed Lawas Waterfront.

LIMBANG: The Sarawak government will build the 12km ‘missing link’ road of the Pan Borneo Highway from Limbang to Brunei in view of the federal government’s decision against it, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said the link to Brunei through the second Limbang bridge is vital as it would boost bilateral economic cooperation and facilitate movement of people and goods.

“In our meeting with His Majesty, the Sultan of Brunei, we had assured His Majesty that the Sarawak government will undertake the building of this road if Putrajaya is not willing,” he said at a luncheon here yesterday, without disclosing the cost of the project.

The chief minister, who is on a working visit to Limbang and Lawas, explained that having the link would drive Limbang’s economy, including helping to develop the halal food industry with Brunei.

Following the general election last year, Works Minister Baru Bian announced the decision to revise the Pan Borneo Highway route while proposing that the new route pass through Baram into upper Lawas in Sarawak and Long Pasia in Sabah, bypassing the stretch through Brunei, Limbang and Lawas.

During his visit here yesterday, Abang Johari inspected the progress of Phase 1 of the ongoing RM22.8-million Limbang Waterfront upgrading project, as well as the RM3.6-million overhead pedestrian walkway in Limbang town.

He was also briefed on the proposed second phase of the waterfront project which will make it the longest in the state at 1.6km, linking it to Bukit Mas Park.

However, he called on the project consultant to improve the design of the stretch near Limbang Customs Department so that there would be continuity in the ‘flow’ of the upgraded waterfront.

Later, the chief minister headed to Lawas where he toured the second phase of the Lawas Waterfront project, which is nearing completion.

He said both Limbang and Lawas have tremendous potential for economic development, adding both are set to undergo major transformation over the next five years with the Sarawak government undertaking a slew of projects.

Accompanying Abang Johari yesterday were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan; Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah; Agriculture Assistant Minister Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail; Limbang MP Hasbi Habibollah, Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang and others.