PDP model for Pan Borneo Highway in Sarawak to be announced soon

KUCHING: The federal Cabinet will reveal its decision on the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) model for the multi-billion ringgit Pan Borneo Highway in Sarawak soon.

Works Minister Baru Bian said the project implementation model for the highway in Sabah was abolished, and handed over to the state government in April to ensure a smoother process and cost savings.

However, Cabinet has yet to make a decision on the 1,077km stretch of the highway in Sarawak.

“Let’s wait for a little while for the official announcement from Cabinet (after the final decision).

“It will be very soon,” he told the reporters after the Sarawak Pakatan Harapan press conference at the DAP headquarters here.

The federal government allocated RM16.48 billion for the Pan Borneo Highway in Sarawak and Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU) as the PDP.

Baru also said that his ministry is committed to ensuring that the Sarawak-Sabah link road and several spur roads in the interiors of Miri, Lawas and Limbang will be realised soon.

The Sarawak-Sabah link road will connect Long Lama in upper Baram, Miri, to Long Pasia, Sipitang in Sabah, providing access to rural villages and boosting their economy.

It will also ensure that rural folk have easy access to enhanced basic facilities such as education and healthcare.

Baru added that the Temburong Bridge in Brunei will also be completed soon, connecting the two halves of Brunei separated by Limbang in Sarawak.

“Hence, those traveling between the two territories would no longer need to pass through Limbang.

“To avoid Limbang turning into a ghost town, though, we will build a spur road from Medamit to Ulu Limbang.

“(Thus) Limbang will continue to flourish even when people traveling in Brunei will no longer pass through the small town,” he explained.

Baru said that spur roads will also be constructed to provide better road connectivity in Bario and Bakelalan.

“I told my ministry that we must work hard to make this happen.

“This is very important, as this is the last frontier in north Sarawak, which has no connection with proper road infrastructure. I hope to realise this within my five-year-tenure as Works Minister,” he added.

Source: The New Straits Times

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