Shafie: Sabah’s rail system needs to improve

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  • Sunday, 28 Oct 2018

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government is looking into improving its railway system which Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has described as being slower than a kerbau (water buffalo).

“Not only do we have to change the train carriages but also the railway tracks because it moves very slowly. Even the kerbau moves faster,” he said with a smile.

Sabah currently uses the narrow-gauge railway system, with train services provided from Kota Kinabalu to Papar, Beaufort, Tenom and back.

Mohd Shafie said the current system was not linked to the major districts.

“It may be a very costly endeavour. The (new) system does not have to be a sophisticated one but we need to at least have better train speed,” he told reporters at the launch of the “Youngpreneurs, Go!” carnival at Universiti Malaysia Sabah yesterday.

Mohd Shafie said the government instructed the state-level Public Works Department and Economic Planning Unit to have a transportation plan to ensure that the people would not have to depend solely on the ongoing Pan Borneo Highway project that would connect major towns across Sabah and Sarawak.

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