Pan Borneo highway-02

The Road Safety Department (JKJR) hopes that with the completion of the Pan Borneo Highway, there will be fewer road accidents and fatalities, Bernama reports. Said highway consists of approximately 2,239 km in length and stretches across East Malaysia, linking both Sabah and Sarawak.

Director-general of JKJR Abd Ghafar Yusof noted that the condition of roads, among others, was a contributor to road accidents. “Apart from the attitude of drivers, the condition of roads and vehicles also contribute to road accidents.”

On a similar note, he also mentioned that JKJR is looking to bring down the number of fatal road accidents to 5,000 or less through the 2014-2020 road safety plan. He warned that if no steps were taken to improve road safety, road fatalities could see a drastic increase from some 6,000 in 2015 to 10,000 by 2020.

With regards to the Pan Borneo Highway, the director-general stated that the construction of the highway would improve the condition of the undulating roads in Sarawak, as he explained that they were paved on swampy and peat land.

The toll-free Pan Borneo Highway is expected to be completed by 2023, at a cost of about RM27 to RM29 billion. It will be built with minimal impact to the environment and wildlife around Sabah and Sarawak, as stated by Works Minister, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof previously.