The proposed bridge in Northern Malaysian Borneo imposes an imminent threat on the Kinabatangan Corridor of Life. This controversy is met with great opposition from scientists and environmentalists alike. There is clear scientific evidence demonstrating the effects that the bridge would have on the area. It would be problematic for both the animals and the people as direct human-animal conflict would presumably incur and extinction rates would escalate. The Kinabatangan Sanctuary protects the highest concentration of elephants in Malaysia. The single most important cause of the decline in the Borneon Pygmy elephant is habitat fragmentation. The development of the Sukau bridge would mean sacrificing at least ten percent of the diminishing Asian elephant population.
This January forest was cleared to store machinery for the construction project but the environmental impact assessment is still underway. The goal of the bridge is that it would provide a connection with an improved route for the community to Sandakan. The bridge would also improve access for the large percentage of oil palm plantations in the area. The community access bit is arguably filled with flaws because as it stands nearly 95 percent of the people in the community already have access to Sandakan without the need for a bridge. Even though there are Action Plans dictating policy over the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary about further fragmenting the land the project proposal still remains in the gauntlet. We can sincerely hope that the government will give serious consideration to the long-term impacts Sukau bridge would impose on the Kinabatangan’s Corridor of Life.