He said the project has yet to take off despite already getting approval and necessary allocation.
Shafie was confident that the construction of the bridge would bring faster development to the community on the island, known to be a Barisan Nasional (BN) stronghold for a long time.
Without the bridge, it would be difficult to implement various developments that had been planned for the island, apart from the security risk of the teachers teaching in 10 schools there.
"Since independence the people in Bum Bum have been staunch supporters of the ruling government.
So why is the bridge construction not a priority?
What is the basis that we don't want to invest on its construction?" he asked.
Shafie said this in a press conference at Singamata Adventure and Reef Resort after visiting several schools in Bum Bum together with Education Minister II, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, Saturday.