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Pan Borneo Highway in Sarawak
|Pan Borneo started from Sematam Town. It was a
mostly smooth, sometimes bumpy but altogether enchanting drive to
the north-western coastal town of Pekan Sematan, about 100km from
The forested hills, the rocky boulders, meandering rivers and villages all make for a scenic and memorable journey through rural Sarawak.
Slow-moving lorries carrying crude palm oil, construction materials and living goods reminded us that the two-lane single carriageway is a main route for commerce that is about to grow in importance as part of the Pan Borneo Sarawak Highway.
Pan Borneo Sarawak Highway was launched in September 2015 by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak
The Pan Borneo Sarawak Highway will cut across the state of Sarawak from Telok Melano, Sematan in the northwestern tip to the eastern Merapok town in Lawas where it will connect with Sabah.
The Pan Borneo Highway covering the two states is estimated to cost RM27 billion,
1- RM14.2 billion allocated to the Sarawak side
Total = RM27 billion for both Sarawak and Sabah
The Telok Melano-Sematan 32.77km stretch was estimated to cost around RM580 million.
The entire length of the highway will be 2,239km. Work has already begun to link Semantan to Telok Melano, and is causing much excitement among the village locals in Kg. Telok Melano.
The Sematan folk are mostly fishermen and farmers, some are boat operators and others tourist guides.
Telok Melano is a village with 200 to 300 residents in similar lines of work. Some of the younger ones are tourist guides, taking advantage of the proximity of the Tanjung Datu national park - which, at 14 sq km, is the smallest in Sarawak but arguably the most beautiful.
There are no proper roads on the rough terrain between Telok Melano and Sematan, and travel is mostly by sea.
Boats from Sematan to Telok Melano are infrequent and unscheduled, and are not in service during the monsoon season (October-February) due to high seas.
A big boat costs RM700 and a speed boat RM450 to hire for unscheduled trips. The locals, including teachers, in Telok Melano complain about transport problems because they have to do their shopping in Sematan.
If not for the travelling difficulties, many more tourists and other visitors would come to Telok Melano.
The building of the two-lane single carriageway to Telok Melano means much more than convenience of travel for locals.
Work on it started in April 2015 and is scheduled to be completed in 39 months. The construction is being carried out with 300 to 500 workers.
With the Samunsam Wildlife Sanctuary on one side and the South China Sea on the other, the new road is certain to make a scenic drive.
Updated on 2016-06-04
Sri Aman Town is off the Pan Borneo Highway
Between Sabah and Sarawak, the highway passed through two halves of Brunei.
Pan Borneo Highway fact sheet