LAWAS: Works Minister Baru Bian says he is putting his career on the line and will quit if the Sarawak-Sabah Link Road (SSLR) is not completed.
"I walked three days to school as a child with rice and salt as my supply.
"For 56 years, the people here have waited for this road, and I promise to see it completed," said Baru.
The Ba' Kelalan state assemblyman and MP of Selangau said this during the launch of the SSLR, which will be the connection point between major highways to form the Trans Borneo Highway.
With it, Sabah and Sarawak would be connected by a RM5.2bil road and there would no longer be a need to go through Brunei checkpoints, something people here have had to endure since independence.
The first phase will cost RM1.2bil.
"This will connect 14 villages across 400km connecting Sabah and Sarawak, without having to go through Brunei.
"After 55 years, the Federal Government has agreed on SSLR, the last frontier to replace the logging routes.
"As a native of Sarawak, this is my dream. We depended on off-road vehicles.
"Even Kancils would now be able enter the most remote parts of Ba Kelalan," said Baru.
The first phase launched includes a 90km road with the rest built in 150km phases.
The Trans Borneo Highway will be the first highway to be funded by the Federal Government linking the two Borneo states to Kalimantan, Indonesia where the future capital of Indonesia.
The pre-qualification round for the tender will be advertised on Nov 6.
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