KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan has called on the government to expedite the completion of the Pan Borneo highway linking Sabah and Sarawak.
Pairin who is also state Infrastructure Development minister said the modern road network stretching 2,300 kilometres would facilitate transport between the two states and intensify developments in the areas concerned.
"We hope the implementation of this road network could be expedited with the necessary allocation although the cost would be considerable.
"We think that the significant allocation for basic infrastructure should not just be targeted for principle towns such as Kuala Lumpur because states like Sabah are also in dire need of similar development," he said at the opening of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS)'s 28th annual general meeting here today.
The meeting was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Meanwhile, Pairin who is also PBS president lauded the government's proposal to build a 2,500-kilometre paved road in the state, which would potentially benefit the rural population.
"Our desire is for Sabah to have good roads, on par with the 87 per cent paved roads in the peninsula," he said.
He said as at December last year, only 46.87 per cent of Sabah's roads stretching 20,746 kilometres had been paved, while 49.92 per cent remained gravelled, and the rest, dirt road. Bernama