Shahelmey: New Serusop-Pituru highway will boost Sabah tourism

KOTA KINABALU: A road from Serusop to Pituru is the missing link for motorists from Kota Kinabalu who want to cut travel time to the Tip of Borneo, a popular tourist spot at Simpang Mengayau in Kudat.

It is a 21km highway from Serusop in Tuaran to Pituru in Kota Belud which will bypass the heavily used existing road connecting the two adjacent districts in Sabah.

State Community Development and People’s Wellbeing Minister Shahelmey Yahya said the stretch, which is part of the Pan Borneo Highway, would be an impetus for economic and tourism growth.

Shahelmey said the new Serusop-Pituru highway would boost tourism, especially along the coastal area along the South China Sea.

“While it is a new route, there are villages around there, so we expect better accessibility for the kampung people and provide economic spillover, especially from the tourism sector to locals, ” said the Tanjung Keramat assemblyman, adding that it would also be a scenic route.

“Whenever there is good access, you will definitely bring in development, ” said Shahelmey, who added that the Sabah government welcomed the continuation of the Pan Borneo Highway project.

When tabling Budget 2021, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz announced that RM3.8bil was allocated to the Works Ministry for seven transport infrastructure projects, including the Serusop-Pituru highway.

The other road project is the construction of the Cameron Highlands bypass, with emphasis on preserving the environment.

Cameron Highlands MP Ramli Mohd Nor said the bypass was a good thing.

“It will reduce traffic jams and ease tourist movements as they would not have to be worried about being stuck in a traffic jam (on the existing roads at the tourist spots), ” he said.

He said it would reduce the traffic congestion in towns such as Kampung Raja, Kuala Terla, Brinchang, Tanah Rata and Ringlet.

Ramli said good road infrastructure would boost economic development in his constituency, with main commercial activities being vegetable and flower farming and tourism.

He said the bypass would also create another access for motorists wanting to travel from the east coast to the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

“It will cut through the Main Range and reduce travelling time, ” he said, adding that new economic activities could flourish along the route.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Did you find this article insightful?


100% readers found this article insightful

Next In Nation

International drug syndicate busted in Melaka, RM2mil in drugs seized
Hindu civil servants in Melaka get holiday for Thaipusam
Police reports lodged over banner asking party president to step down, says Seremban Umno
House break-in gang in Klang busted with four arrested
Start date for second semester in higher education institutions under review due to high Covid-19 cases, says Noraini
S'wak govt presents RM10mil grant to Chinese schools
FMM tells members to tighten SOPs at workplace, workers' quarters to help fight Covid-19
Don't leave migrant workers, refugees, foreign spouses out of Covid-19 vaccination plan, urges NGO
Melaka top cop: We will not be selective when issuing compounds against MCO violators
Perak Umno Youth throws its support behind Zahid as Umno president

Stories You'll Enjoy