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