Group upset by condition of Pan Borneo Highway

THE appalling condition of the Pan Borneo Highway has left the Sarawak Lorries Transport Association fuming.

Also known as the Trans Borneo Highway, it is more than 1,000km long and links Sarawak, Brunei and Sabah.

Most of the stretches along the highway have single carriageways with two lanes and there are no street lights.

Certain stretches are dual carriageways with two lanes.

Association president Jong Foh Jit told reporters in Kuching yesterday: “The highway is outdated and dangerous for users at night and on rainy days.”

Roads in the peninsula, he said, were much better, and urged the relevant authorities to act on it.

Jong, who is also Pan Malaysia Lorry Owners Association vice-president and represented the association at the National Road Safety Council meeting recently, took up the matter at the meeting the council promised to take it up with relevant higher authorities.

He was disappointed with recommendations by two state ministers to build overtaking lanes on the highway.

“Can this promote road safety and solve the problem? With the increase in the number of vehicles on the road, single carriageways can no longer accommodate the traffic and it is not safe for motorists,” he said.

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