AN eight-fold multiplier effect. This is what will happen to Sarawak’s economy once the RM16 billion Pan Borneo Highway has been completed.
Our Great State will benefit immensely not only through economic growth but also overall development.
By the end of this year, 10 packages of the project’s construction would be completed.
The first package is from Telok Melano to Sematan, the second from Nyabau to Bakun intersection, and the third from the Serian roundabout to Pantu junction. A fourth package is to be launched next month.
Those of us who have been to the peninsula know what a difference highways make.
Many of us have land in our home villages that have not been able to be developed because there are no roads in the area. Some of this land has great potential for agriculture but because we cannot transport our produce, we are unable to sell much of it. Some of us have access to rich river fishing grounds where our catch would fetch a premium. However, without road connectivity, we cannot market our fish either.
The Pan Borneo Highway and the subsequent feeder roads connected to it would mean a huge change to all of us.
Since our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem took office, one of his key goals has been to ensure that the Pan Borneo Highway, a long-awaited project, is completed.
Now much has already been done thanks to Adenan in this short period since he became CM.
This project will take strong political will to see through. This is among the reasons he has sought another five-year term to ensure that this long awaited dream of Sarawakians, and may I add our Sabahan brothers and sisters, comes to fruition.
We need to give Adenan a strong mandate so that he can continue to fight to protect and enhance our Sarawakian way of life.
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Eight-fold multiplier effect
By Jonathan Chia
PM says Pan Borneo Highway will boost economic growth, development and unity in Sarawak
SERIAN: The Pan Borneo Highway will benefit Sarawak in terms of development, economy and unity.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the project would not only be a catalyst for economic growth but a game changer that would bring huge transformations to the state’s landscape.
The RM16-billion project was also expected to create an eight-fold multiplier effect on the state’s economy, he said.
“Thirdly, if we want to be a united and developed state, we must ensure a better and effective connectivity for the people, not only in terms of telecommunications like handphone, but also in terms of mobility.
“When this highway is completed, it will be easier for Sarawakians and Malaysians in general to move around and communicate with one another.
“This will surely strengthen the spirit of unity and turn Sarawak to be more united,” Najib said when launching the construction of the 75km stretch of the Pan Borneo Highway project from Serian roundabout to Pantu junction here yesterday.
He said construction of the stretch costing about RM1.46 billion was the third and biggest package compared to the other two packages launched previously. The first package is from Telok Melano to Sematan and the second from Nyabau to Bakun intersection.
By the end of this year, 10 packages of the project would be implemented in Sarawak. The fourth package is to be launched next month, he added.
“The Pan Borneo Highway project is a gift from the federal government to Sarawak. In April 2013, I made a pledge that if BN (Barisan Nasional) is given the mandate in the 13th general election, one of our main promises is that we would implement Pan Borneo Highway for Sarawak. We honoured our promises to Sarawakians.”
Najib assured that the Pan Borneo Highway project would be implemented despite the drop in prices of oil and commodities, adding what made it more meaningful was that the highway would be without toll.
With the states in Peninsular Malaysia from Perlis to Johor seeing rapid development and changes after the construction of the North-South Highway, he believed that Sarawak too would see tremendous development from Sematan to Lawas after the Pan Borneo Highway project is completed.
“When the federal government agreed for this highway project to be implemented, I told them early that I wanted the contracts for this project, be they small or big, to be awarded only to Sarawakian companies owned by Sarawakians.”
In reiterating his commitment to Sarawak, he said the government of the day did not only have a dream for Sarawak, but also plans and vision for the people of Sarawak because Sarawakians needed to get all the benefits for being a partner in the federation.
“Don’t be influenced by the opposition – they can promise anything but they cannot deliver for the people of Sarawak. We have delivered for the people of Sarawak. I also said when we implement this project we must be fair because Sarawak has many races and ethnicities.
“We have to ensure that there is social justice in anything we do and all the ethnics will benefit from the implementation of this Pan Borneo Highway project. We want to ensure that the people of Sarawak would benefit from this.”
Among those present at the event were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot, Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin, Assistant Minister of Resource Planning Datuk Naroden Majais and Deputy State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Roland Sagah.