KUCHING: The Pan Borneo Highway project when completed, will not only allow Sarawakians to enjoy a more comfortable and efficient road network, but it will also produce a highly skilled workforce in the construction sector.
Senior Minister (Infrastructure Cluster) Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said at the same time, it will spur development in the state along its stretch.
“When completed, the people of Sarawak in particular will enjoy a more comfortable and efficient road network as well as the opportunity to.
“The project will also be a catalyst for the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) and the development of high potential areas.
“This is especially for commercial and industrial centres along the Sarawak Pan Borneo Highway,” he said in a Facebook post last Saturday.
Fadillah who recently visited the site of the highway project said the progress of the project have been dampened due the restrictions during the movement control order (MCO).
“Among the challenges faced and to be overcome by the ministry and project implementers is to ensure that the project continues to run during this pandemic period.
“This is by balancing the needs of economic development and at the same time minimising the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
“This is because the impact of the pandemic spread and the implementation of MCO caused delays in project implementation, as well as increased costs of building materials,” he said.
At the same time, Fadillah who is Petra Jaya MP assured that the federal government is committed in ensuring that the allocation of major infrastructure projects in the country is adequate.
He added, this includes working closely with the Sarawak government in ensuring the increase in supply chain capacity involved.