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Plans for hassle-free Limbang-Brunei travel
Posted on : 01 Nov 2017  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Plans for hassle-free Limbang-Brunei travel

November 1, 2017, Wednesday Philip Kiew,


Abang Johari (fifth right) launching the construction of the second Limbang Bridge project as Awang Tengah (third right), Masing (fourth left) and others applaud.

LIMBANG: Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is keen to see travellers to and from Brunei enter both countries without much hassle.

The Chief Minister said this at the earth-breaking and launching of second Limbang Bridge project at Pabahanan in the Ranggau Valley Development area yesterday.

“We will bring this up to the Prime Minister and hope he can bring it up for discussion with His Majesty Sultan of Brunei in the next government-to government meeting,” he said to the applause of the crowd.

He was responding to Limbang MP Hasbi Habibolah’s call for seamless travel without frequent passport stamping between Limbang and Brunei, who also proposed the state and federal governments take it up with the government of Brunei.

The second Limbang bridge will be a four lane dual-carriageway as part of the Pan Borneo Highway to link Limbang town and Lawas town which will see construction of two more bridges.

The bridge project was approved by Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud before he stepped down as Sarawak’s fourth Chief Minister.

The RM187.6-million project commenced on Sept 29 and will be completed on Feb 26, 2021. It will also include Sg Bunut 2 bridge and 16km road.

Abang Johari said the Limbang bridge project undertaken by Brooke Dockyard & Engineering Works Corporation will be an iconic landmark for Limbang.

The big crowd at the function welcoming Abang Johari (centre) on his arrival.

The project will also include the development of other infrastructures, including the proposed Gunung Buda road and a three km road to the Bay of Brunei.

It will also be the catalyst for greater economic and physical development in Limbang besides cutting travelling time to Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei, the Chief Minister added.

Earlier in his speech, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, who is also Minister of Infrastructure Development and Transportation,  said the people of Limbang should be grateful to their member of Parliament and the BN government for being responsive to their aspirations for better infrastructures in Limbang.

He said Hasbi’s request for upgrading of roads in Ulu Lubai, Ulu Medamit and other settlements would be given due attention by his ministry.

Also present at the function were the chief minister’s wife Datin Patinggi Dato Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, Assistant Minister of Coastal Road Datuk Julaihi Narawi, Assistant Minister of Agriculture Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang, Limbang Resident Datu Maria Hasman and Recoda chief executive officer Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot.