JULAU: The Pan Borneo Highway project will contribute to the growth of Sarawak’s economy, said Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.
He said the provision of an efficient road network to the people would be the foundation of the state’s economic growth.
“The intention of the federal government through the Sarawak Pan Borneo Highway project is to repeat the success story of highway projects in the peninsula.
“As we all know, a good road network can boost the growth potential and transformation impact of rural development,” he said at the launch of the Julau section of the Pan Borneo Highway on Saturday (Nov 20).
Fadillah said the Sarawak Pan Borneo Highway project would also expand the transport network and connectivity between towns and districts.
He said it would also link them to potential growth centres such as ports, industrial areas and commercial centres.
“The Sarawak Pan Borneo Highway Project is also a catalyst for the development of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) to enable Sarawak to achieve developed state status.
“The development plan of the Sarawak Pan Borneo Highway Project is also the result of careful and holistic planning between the federal government and the Sarawak State Government through the Highway Network Development Plan (HNDP),” he said.
The Petra Jaya MP said the attention to upgrading existing infrastructure to accelerate the country’s economic growth was emphasised under the Shared Prosperity Vision (SPV) 2030.
“With a focus on regional inclusion, sustainable development along with fair, equitable and inclusive economic distribution, a better infrastructure system will certainly stimulate the socio-economic activities locals, improving their wellbeing.
“In line with the strategic direction of the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), the government is always pushing for the development of road network infrastructure that is planned, systematic and efficient.
“This is to increase network accessibility and connectivity of the population and be a catalyst for the socio-economic development of the country,” he said.