By Karen Bong
KUCHING, March 8: The Federal government has no plans to build a railway to link Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah and Nusantara yet.
Minister of Transport Anthony Loke highlighted this in referring to the proposal for a Trans-Borneo railway to connect Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan.
“The government is closely monitoring the development of Indonesia’s new capital Nusantara in East Kalimantan and its impact on the transportation sector in Sabah and Sarawak.
“However, there are no plans to build a railway to link up Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah and Nusantara at the moment,” he said when delivering his winding-up speech in Parliament, Kuala Lumpur today.
In Sarawak, Loke emphasised that the focus is given to develop the urban Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) system under the Kuching Urban Transport System (KUTS) project undertaken by Sarawak Metro.
“In Sabah, attention is given to enhance the rail transport infrastructure and railway services under the Sabah State Railway Department,” he added.
However, Loke emphasised that the Ministry is ready to assist any parties who are interested in conducting a feasibility study for a railway project. — DayakDaily