KOTA KINABALU: Some 9,000 villagers in Kota Marudu can look forward to a sealed road between Samparita and Sonsogon Magandai by 2023, said Kota Marudu MP Maximus Ongkili.
The Parti Bersatu Sabah president told reporters that an allocation of RM279 million had been approved under the 11th Malaysia Plan for the construction of the 40 km stretch of road and a bridge.
“This project was approved by the Barisan Nasional government following demands by villagers in rural Sonsogon-Magandai,” he said.
The rural development ministry has stated in a reply to Ongkili in the Dewan Rakyat that the project is in the design stage. Tenders would be called by November.
Currently, the roads can only be accessed by four-wheel drive vehicles. When completed, the roads will benefit people from 27 villages.
The Magandai hinterland is inhabited by the Sonsongon tribe of the Kadazandusun community. There are an estimated 10,000 members of this tribe in the state.
“The construction of the Samparita-Sungai Magandai sealed road and upgrading of the Pekan Tandek-Samparita stretch will be a major boost to the socio-economic upliftment of the Sonsogon people,” he said.