Malaysia federal govt ready to fund coast-to-coast railway for Sabah

KOTA KINABALU – The Federal Government will assist Sabah to set up a railway network connecting its west and east coasts.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the ministry was ready to provide the funding and to work with the state government in coming up with the plan for the railway track.

This was part of the Federal Government’s commitment to improve infrastructure in Sabah and Sarawak, he said.

“Although railway is under state jurisdiction, we will help in any way possible to realise the plan,” he said after opening the Penampang MCA division office yesterday.

He said the ministry had allocated RM200 million (S$65.92 million) previously to upgrade the Tenom-Kota Kinabalu railway track and that it was also necessary to develop the Tawau-Sandakan-Kota Kinabalu track.

Liow, who is MCA president, urged party members to make use of the new office, saying:

“We must use this office as a place to connect with the grassroots and to help them in any way we can.”

Division chief Datuk Francis Goh said they chose Sept 16 as the day to open the new office because of the date’s significance to the country.

“Sept 16 was the day Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia became a nation. We have been living peacefully. Therefore, this new office is opened to commemorate the good that has been enjoyed until today,” he said.

asiaone – 16 September 2015


Provision for LRT in Aeropod project

Kota Kinabalu: The foundation has been laid for a Light Rail Transit (LRT) service to materialise in Sabah in the near future through the ongoing RM3 billion Aeropod development project under the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC), even though developer SP Setia is not the commercial body undertaking the project.

“We have planned the place for the future. We may not be doing it, but we made the provision through the infrastructure. The upper concourse of the new railway system had been designed for a future LRT as it will have the similar line as the railway system, but they connect at a high level.

“This has been approved by City Hall,” Aeropod Deputy General Manager Chan Tah Seong, told Daily Express. “We have actually submitted plans to show the proof that you can adjust the roof and the facility can be used for a LRT system,” he added, acknowledging the scepticism that was faced by the firm when it first mooted the idea, especially from the Sabah state government. “City Hall was not convinced at first, asking ‘can it be done?’ So, our people with the architects had to physically demonstrate that when other developers come along, the project is feasible,” he said.

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