By Abdul Aziz Harun
KUCHING, Sept 10 (Bernama) – When the federal government announced in 2013 that it was determined to build the Pan Borneo highway which would make driving 2,000km from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu a more comfortable and pleasant journey, the locals heaved a sigh of relief.
When tabling Budget 2015, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that there would be an allocation for the highway which would bring development to the area.
The toll-free highway estimated to cost more than RM29 billion (RM16.49 billion for the road in Sarawak and RM12.86 billion in Sabah) and expected to generate economic growth, has long been anticipated by the people in both states.
It is scheduled to be completed by 2023.
For contractor Abdul Hadi Abdullah, 52, the highway means his long journey from Kuching to Miri and sometimes onwards to Limbang several times a month would no longer be tedious…