Sarawak–Sabah Link Road among projects awarded by direct negotiation: Fadillah

Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof

KUCHING, Aug 28: Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof named Sarawak – Sabah Link Road (SSLR) Fasa 1, worth RM1.2 billion, among some of the ministry projects awarded through direct negotiation deals under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration.

Fadillah in a press statement today was clarifying on his Aug 26 statement on the existence of direct negotiation practices under the previous government’s Works Ministry.

He said that the list of 101 projects worth RM6.61 billion issued by the Minister of Finance Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Aziz on Aug 26, was referring to projects that had been commissioned and finalised upon.

The projects listed by Fadillah are namely; two packages of Central Spine Road (CSR-Package 4A and 4B) worth RM808.8 million, two dilapidated school projects in Sarawak worth RM27.1 million, and two bridges in Baram and Lubok Antu worth RM9 million.

“The list of direct negotiation projects that are under the ministry are those projects that have been approved for direct negotiation by the previous government (PH), projects that have yet to be issued with an offer letter, while some are still in the negotiation process,” he said in a press statement today.

Fadillah stated that two of the projects – the Baram and Lubok Antu bridge projects- had been issued with Letter of Intent (LOI), and will be referred back to the finance ministry for cancellation and re-evaluation, in order for an open tender to be issued.

“For information, the Ministry of Work (JKR) under the government of the day consistently respects the decision that was made by the previous government under PH, such as the termination of the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) for Pan Borneo project.

“As such, decisions that were decided through direct negotiation by the previous government have all been referred to the Ministry of Finance (MoF) for their consideration,” he added. –DayakDaily.