Fadillah: Sarawak’s Pan Borneo Highway now 78 pct complete

From left: Fadillah, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas giving the thumbs-up during their visit to the Nyabau Interchange in Bintulu today. Photo: UKAS

By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, Feb 19: The Pan Borneo Highway (LPB) project in Sarawak is now 78 per cent complete, said Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

He said there were several more work packages under the project which will be opened to public throughout the year.

“It is the target of Sarawak Public Works Department (PWD) and Ministry of Works (MoW) to ensure that the whole LPB project can be delivered by December this year,” he told the press after the opening ceremony of Nyabau Section held in Bintulu today.

He also mentioned that there are no sick projects at the moment as most of them are currently being implemented with the provision of EOT (extension of time).

However, he did not deny that the contractors will face various challenges along the way, especially when the borders have yet to be opened, meaning that there are still problems such as lack of workforce, supply of construction materials, and price increase of materials.

“Nonetheless, the contractors are committed and guaranteed that they will work hard to deliver the work packages by year end,” he added.

He further said that more attention will be given to critically delayed projects in Sarikei, road alignment between Sri Aman and Betong as well as Tatau.

“I hope the Sarawak PWD will be able to deliver these projects as soon as possible so that they can focus their manpower on other sections later,” he said. — DayakDaily