KUCHING: Saving of RM3.1 billion made following the termination of a Pan Borneo Highway project delivery partner (PDP) agreement will benefit the state government.
According to Saratok MP and Krian assemblyman, Ali Biju, the savings could be used to implement other infrastructural projects.
“The savings is very much needed by Sarawak. We will make sure that it is used to build more infrastructural facilities,” he said when interviewed by reporters at Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) Sarawak here yesterday after he attended ‘RTM with Synergy Partners’ 2019/2020 session.
He added that a middle person (such as the PDP) was not required in a construction project, so a layer had been removed to reduce bureaucracy and increase savings.
“Now, in my area (Krian), the development of a highway is going well and there has not been any delay in the project,” he said.
According to him, the project was carried out smoothly and they were always monitoring areas that needed to be improved immediately so that the Pan Borneo Highway could be used safely.
Earlier, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said that RM3.1 billion could be saved following the termination of the Pan Borneo Highway PDP contracts.
He added that with the termination effective Feb 20, the project cost would be reduced by 14 percent from RM21.9 billion to RM18.8 billion.