LAHAD DATU: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants the massive Pan Borneo Highway as a legacy of his tenure as Prime Minister.
“I want the people of Sabah to remember that during the term of my Prime Ministership the Pan Borneo Highway became a reality,” he said when launching the east phase of the project here on Monday.
He said he was committed to bringing more positive changes to Sabah and they are because of the close working relationship between the Federal government and the state.
“The leaders of both governments have a common goal of wanting to see real changes that would benefit Sabahans,” he said in adding that all the opposition could do was to spread slander and sow confusion among the people.
Najib reminded the project contractors to be fair to the sub contractors by not “bullying” them.
“Payments should be made in a timely way and according to schedule,” he added.
An earthquake proof bridge was among the unique features of the 7km section the Pan Borneo Highway to be built at Sepagaya near Lahad Datu.
The highway would also cut the travelling distance between Sandakan and Tawau by 10kms.
The Works Ministry said the part of the highway involved the construction of a 32m bridge spanning the Sungai Sepagaya.
“This structure will be built taking into account seismic criteria and earthquakes,” the ministry said.
The highway was expected to drive more economic activities in the east coast district.
Among those present at the launching were Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.