Uggah: No project is problem-free including Pan Borneo Highway which has shortened travel time

Uggah (second left) in discussion with JKR officers.

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 31: All projects including the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway would face some kind of problems, but the major infrastructure project will have a very big impact in terms of mobility of the people.

Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas emphasised this in responding to a statement from the Dayak National Congress president Paul Raja urging the government and authorities to complete the project with urgency as the “super slow” progress is making travelling on the highway a pain for road users.

“If you drive from Kuching to Betong, you can reach Lachau in one hour and 10 minutes. It was very smooth.

“But of course there are some stretches around Sarikei and Miri having problems and we are trying to solve it,” he said during a press conference during a visit to the Mile 7 flyover with the Public Works Department (JKR) today.

Uggah, who is also Minister for Infrastructure and Port Development, pointed out that by and large, the Pan Borneo Highway has really shortened travel time from Lundu to Miri.

“If you don’t believe it, test it out,” he added.

In a statement today, Paul has criticised that announcements by the minister at various intervals were attempts to pacify the people and it tends to show that there is no seriousness in expediting the completion.

He urged the government to prioritise completing the project urgently. — DayakDaily