Sarawak Seeks Approval For Pan Borneo Highway To Cut Into Brunei

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Sarawak is asking Brunei for understanding over the continuation of the Pan Borneo Highway project connecting Sarawak and Sabah, which will cross into the country’s territory.

According to Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, via Sarawak’s coastal road construction project, the Pan Borneo project’s proposal to construct a motorway that crosses Brunei’s territory would be carried out.

“We had briefed the Brunei government about our proposal to continue the Pan Borneo project to build a highway connecting Sabah and Sarawak that cuts through Brunei, which had been cancelled by the previous Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration.

“We also briefed them (the Brunei government) that we will continue this project through our coastal road project,” he said.

As stated by Awang Tengah, the Barisan Nasional government of the time had approved the proposed motorway that passes through Brunei.

He also emphasised that when the project was initially proposed, agreement had already been made with the Bruneian government.

However, the project was dropped by Putrajaya when PH took over the administration after the coalition won in the 14th General Election in 2018.

He added that he had discussed the potential northern coastline motorway project with the Brunei administration and explained how all of these road connectivity projects would be implemented.

Plans to build a new airport and a new port in Lawas were also shared during the briefing.