Tuesday, 10 April 2018, Miri: There’s literally only anticipation and excitement from the people for Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak to be completed soon.
Visitors to Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak booth at the just concluded Jiwa Senada programme over the last weekend here were enthusiastic about this first highway in the state which serves as the only road connectivity for Sarawakians to connect from one place to another.
For the past so many years, unlike their peers over in Peninsular Malaysia who enjoy the highway standard of connectivity, Sarawakians could only make do with a two-lane single carriageway.
But with the construction of Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak which started in 2015 on-going, thanks to the commitment from both the federal and the state government in improving the road connectivity in the state, Sarawakians will soon enjoy a breeze driving all the way from Telok Melano to Limbang and Lawas on a four-lane dual carriageway.
“I look forward to the completion of Pan Borneo Highway. It is good for the overall economy as it serves to connect everyone.
“I believe this project has also created many job opportunities for the people. I have nothing against this project at all,” said Noor Shairy Su who hails from Miri.
For an avid motorcyclist like Mohd Harith Zharfan, the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak will make biking experience easier for him and his friends.
“Once completed, we can start biking from here all the way to Sabah in an improved road condition. It’s always more fun and better to ride on a highway than the existing single lane road,” said Harith from Senadin.
Agnes Bayan from Tudan meanwhile said the highway project has been long awaited by the people and it is a good development that the state ought to have.
“With the highway, we can expect better connectivity. I am looking forward to see our state being connected with this highway,” said Agnes.
With only praises for the project, Juliet Tay from Kuching said Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak would definitely bring seamless connectivity to the state.
“At the moment and all these years, we are deprived of good road connectivity and that makes air travel essential to almost everyone in the state.
“With this highway, we can have another option instead of relying only on air travel and this means we won’t be burning a hole in our pocket with the expensive air tickets.
“Travelling on Pan Borneo Highway will be a great choice by then,” said Juliet.
Meanwhile, Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak will be featured in the second leg of Sejiwa Senada in Saratok from April 21 and 22 and the third leg in Kuching from April 28 to 29.