Monday, June 16, 2008

Borneo highways

I haven't uploaded any old photos lately. Here are two, the top one was taken in 1998 on my way to Sampit from Pangkalanbun in Central Kalimantan,Indonesia.The mud must be more than a foot deep.Our driver manoeuvred skillfully on this seemingly never ending bad road until we reached our destination 5 hours later. The second photo was taken much earlier, around 1981 in Tatau, Bintulu Division, Sarawak. The convoy of Toyota Land Cruisers was carrying Journalists and the then Sarawak Minister of Infrastructure Development, Dr. Wong Soon kai, for an inspection of the near completed Pan Borneo Highway. That was 27 years ago. The Land Cruisers must have all been scrapped.


Anonymous said...

Interesting. I thought it was a road construction before reading your statements.

rubberseeds said...

The second photo was infact taken when that section of the Pan Borneo Highway was still under construction.

Sarawakiana said...

Sarawak is still constructing many roads...some were started but never completed. Wonder if the JKR went out of budget, especially in the rural areas, where people suffer double or triple jeapordy from high fuel prices, high food prices, and lack of sanitary water (chemically polluted water because of oil palm growing )
After more than 25 years, we still have roads with more than a foot thick mud!! And 4 wheels go sliding, sliding....and having a merry dance !!
And these rural people have supported BN 100% ? Any Gawai goodies?

rubberseeds said...

sarawakiana:Just to clarify that the photo with a foot thick mud was not taken in Sarawak. It was taken in Pangkalanbun, Central Kalimantan.