19 November 2017 – Construction of the Pan Borneo Highway along the coastline of Borneo, when completed, will be the main transportation link between Sarawak and Sabah. This will certainly expedite social and economic growth of both States. The land area required for the road expansion along the 1,050km route involves relocation and protection planning. On the stretches of road in Sarikei, the Dabai Cemetery has to be relocated to make way for the construction of the highway. The new burial site has been identified nearby and the graves will be relocated to the new burial site, about a kilometre from the existing cemetery.
PPESW BPSB JV Sdn Bhd was sought to assist as part of their ‘Doing Good’ programme to assist the villagers in clearing the new site for the construction of the access road. On Sunday, 19 November 2017, 75 volunteers from PPESW BPSB JV led by Michael Tan brought an excavator to clear the new site. They worked together with the longhouse community to cut grass, trees and cleared the debris. Due to the rain and muddy trail, gravel were added to the road surface a few days later. Exhumation of the graves and relocation process will be carried out by the villagers and relevant authorities at a later stage.