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With the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway, Malaysia will be discussing with Brunei on the reduction of travel times from Kuching to Lawas, The Star reports. At the moment, it takes about 20 hours to travel between the two ends, due to immigration checkpoints at the Malaysia-Brunei borders.

There are currently four Custom, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) checkpoints at the Malaysian-Brunei borders. These include Sungai Tujuh in Miri, Tedungan in Limbang, and two more in Brunei – Kuala Belait and Kuala Lurah.

“We will discuss with Brunei to determine if we can shorten the Kuching to Lawas travel time by 12 or 14 hours,” said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. He also stated that travel times for Kuching to Miri could be shortened from 14 hours to just nine, with the completion of the project.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister gave further reassurance that there would be no tolls on the Pan Borneo Highway. This, according to Najib, was due to the fact that the highway is the main route that all road users in both Sarawak and Sabah will be taking.

The Pan Borneo Highway consists of approximately 2,239 km in length and will stretch across East Malaysia, linking both states. The highway, which costs about RM16 billion to RM29 billion, will be built with minimal impact to wildlife and the environment and is expected to be completed by 2023.