KUCHING: The federal government needs to look further ahead before implementing a new project delivery partner (PDP) model for the Pan Borneo Highway.
According to the Chief Minister, Datuk Patingi Abang Johari Tun Openg, the development of the Pan Borneo Highway in Sarawak is progressing well.
“It is a project under the federal government and the decision belongs to it but it needs to consider carefully as the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway is almost 70 per cent completed,” he said during an interview at the Hari Raya open house of Petra Jaya MP Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof held at the CIDB Sarawak on Sunday.
Abang Johari added that based on reports recently, Works Minister Baru Bian would be announcing a PDP model for the Pan Borneo Highway in the near future.
Fadillah also said that the decision on the new PDP model needed careful consideration.
“I think the federal government should look at the whole context.
“If it wants to replace the existing PDP model, it must be for the better in order to avoid unnecessary losses by the government which will affect the implementation of the project in terms of monitoring, quality, safety measurement and so on,” he said.
Under the administration of the previous Barisan National federal government, Lebuh Raya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd was appointed as the PDP in managing the construction of the RM16 billion Pan Borneo Highway in Sarawak.
The first phase of the project in the state from Telok Melano to Merapok, with a length of 1,060 kilometres, will be completed in 2021.