By Jailani Hasan
LABUAN, Jan 14 (Bernama) -- The federal government's 'go ahead' on the techno-economic feasibility study on the proposed Labuan-Menumbok bridge recently is seen as a new impetus that could bring a better future for the people of this duty-free island.
The RM14.31 million study, which will determine the technical feasibility and address the financial and economic appraisal of the project, is a positive sign that the project will take off the ground.
Many believe the long-awaited bridge too link the mainland of Sabah and Labuan will further transform and spur economic growth in Labuan.
In affirming the implementation of the proposed project, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Rahman Dahlan, who is the minister in charge of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU), had said that it would eventually be implemented due to the support both from the Sabah and federal governments.
Recapping the various news statements from economists, political leaders and Bank Negara Governor, the proposed bridge linking Labuan to mainland Sabah via Menumbok has been identified by the federal government as a key enabler to spur the economic development of the island and its surrounding regions.....