KOTA KINABALU: The construction of the Trans-Borneo Highway will take environmental concerns into account, says Works Minister Baru Bian (pic).
“It is very important for us to make sure that the concerns of wildlife corridors which could be affected in the construction of this road are addressed,” he said after a media night function here on Friday (Nov 22).
He said as the road would pass through forest reserves and other wildlife-dense areas, much was being done to ensure that the environmental impact as a result of development would be minimised.
Baru said that once Indonesia moves its capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan in phases starting 2020, Sabah and Sarawak would benefit in terms of economic growth and development.
He added that the connectivity would bring people closer together, and said that people are hoping for good things to happen with the construction of this highway.
“There will be tourism opportunities, upgrading of roads and other facilities, better connectivity, economy and many more,” Baru said.
The highway is expected to start work in stages linking the interiors of Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan in Indonesia.