LABUAN: A long-awaited bridge linking Sabah and this international offshore financial centre (IOFC) appears to be one step closer to reality.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he would be asking the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) to have another look at the proposed project that had been bandied about since 1997.
“Something of this magnitude is not immediately possible but it should be given due attention,” he said after launching the halal distribution hub at Kiansam, some 20km from downtown Labuan, yesterday.
He said a bridge between Sabah and Labuan would be good for the island as it would spell more tourist arrivals apart from easing the entry of raw materials from the mainland for industries here.
Last year, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique said the Government had appointed Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) to conduct a RM5mil feasibility study linking the south-western Sabah settlement of Menumbok and Labuan.
The study would look into the pros and cons of a bridge with an estimated span of 17km and cost at least RM550mil, as stated in the Labuan Development masterplan drafted in 1997.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman had said that such a bridge would spell a “win-win” situation for the state and Labuan.
Labuan Chinese Chamber of Commerce president Chin Chee Kee said the island’s link with Sabah was important because it would ensure that Labuan would not be bypassed when the Pan-Borneo Highway is completed.
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