PHOTO: Rozman (second left) hands over the souvenir to Abdul Rahman (third right) after the latter officiated the conference. Also seen are the distinguished guests.
November 10, 2016
LABUAN – The government is studying the feasibility to construct the bridge to link this island with the main land of Sabah, said the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan today.
He spoke to the media, he perceived that there would be two big advantages for Labuan when the bridge was built such as, it would provide convenient connection between Labuan and Sabah, and this island would become a catalyst for the development of Sabah and Sarawak.
“It is a challenge for us to study the feasibility to build the bridge, as the state government of Sabah is also keen to see the build construction to be realised.
“I am as the minister in charge of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) will bring this matter as the main agenda in my ministry,” he said, adding that they were waiting the full blue print from the local authority here, which comprising the bridge project.
He who was here to officiate the Asian Business Conference 2016 held in the Convention Hall, Financial Park spoke further that the idea to build Labuan-Sabah Bridge was not a new idea, as there were many proposals had been coming out from the people to the government.
“The proposals those submitted were either too big and not feasible or too dependant to the government. While, the latest proposal proposed by Labuan Member of Parliament, Datuk Rozman Isli is interesting and the government is doing its feasibility study.
“We are expecting to talk between Sabah state government and the federal government about the bridge project on January next year,” he said.
Earlier, he said that the economic challenge might occur along the way, which forced the government to review its economic decision that was decided at the first place.
When asked, he said that this island had vast potential including in tourism, but said that the Labuan Airport was under utilised.
“It is all about connectivity. The bridge will open a huge potential for Labuan. Once the system is there, I do not think that the tourists are not coming to here.
“I will talk further to the prime minister about the bridge project,” he said.
Also present was Labuan Member of Parliament, Datuk Rozman Isli.