LABUAN - People may no longer have to fly in or take an hour’s ferry ride to Labuan from the Sabah mainland under a plan for a bridge connecting the island to Menumbok.
The bridge is set to become a reality under the Labuan Development Blueprint announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to transform the international financial centre.
Although the Government had only approved the feasibility study so far, he said the bridge was necessary to spur the island’s economic growth, currently hit by the international oil and gas downturn.
“It is not just a feasibility study for a bridge but a study on the best implementation method,” he told Labuan folk at Carnival Rakyat where he launched the blueprint yesterday.
The economic modernisation of Labuan, added Najib, was necessary as the recent oil and gas downturn had affected Labuan folk.
“Oil prices are improving, although we don’t expect them to go as high as previously,” he said.
Najib hopes the study will be completed soon so that a decision can be made.
Labuan residents have been looking forward to a bridge for a long time.
While critics had said that the cost of such a bridge would not be viable, Najib said it