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Plea on Papar road, bridge
Published on: Wednesday, June 12, 2024
By: Hayati Dzulkifli
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Plea on Papar road, bridge
Abdul Rahim (middle) presenting a mock cheque of RM500 as a contribution of Gagasan Rakyat Pantai Manis to a representative of Dance and Cultura Club of SMK Takis in the event, recently.
PAPAR: The Madani government is urged to review a link road project, including building a bridge, near Sungai Padang in Kuala Papar.

Parti Gagasan Rakyat Sabah (Gagasan Rakyat) Pantai Manis division head Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Ismail said the projects costing RM700 million were approved by then Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak in 2016 or 2017 during the BN administration.

The former Pantai Manis assemblyman said it involved constructing a new road from Bundusan here all the way to Melugus and a Muslim cemetery as an alternative route for residents.

“The projects were approved following continuous debate in the State Legislative Assembly. 

“Unfortunately, BN lost and the Warisan Plus government that lasted for two and a half years did not pursue the project meant for the rakyat in Pantai Manis and Kawang.

“Now it has been a total waste,” he said.

He said although the Public Works Department had yet to do a feasibility study, a layout of the projected road had been prepared.

“The price of constructing the bridge and new link road surely would have gone up to possibly few billions of Ringgit due to hike in prices of construction material.

“I hope the Federal Government will consider the project for the benefit of the people here,” he said.

Earlier when officiating “Ramah Mesra” Kaamatan at Papar River Waterfront, he said Sabah with over 30 ethnic groups has a strong identity and can stand out on its own.

“Sabah has unity in diversity. We have communities with various backgrounds and intermarriages of local ethnicities that makes us special in our own way.

“You Kadazan, Chinese, Malay and Bajau are our diverse community who have mutual respect and understanding. This is ‘Rumah Kita, Kita Jaga’ (Our House, We Look After),” he said.

He also presented donations to the Dance and Culture Club of SMK Takis, Papar and Choir Club of SM St Joseph. Both clubs have been active at district level.

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