KOTA KINABALU: The construction of the Pan Borneo Highway will begin on March 2016 as soon as its details for design has been completed.
Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Infrastructure Development, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, said the process covering three of the first packages have just been completed this year.
“These include Jalan Donggongon Papar (3-11.7km), Jalan Tawau to Semporna (45-49.7km), and Jalan Lahad Datu Bypass (7.1km),” he said during the DUN Assembly.
He was responding to Datuk Seri Panglima Lajim Ukin (PKR-Klias) question on the launching of the Pan Borneo Highway and whether it will be carried out by local contractors from the state and Sarawak.
Pairin said the federal government has given its guarantee during the Economy Council that projects under the Pan Borneo Highway will be awarded through open tender as it has been implemented in Sarawak, adding that currently no contractors are yet offered to carry out the first phase of the highway project.
“The government also agrees to complete the 706km Pan Borneo Highway by dividing the project into smaller divisions as to benefit more local contractors,” he said.
Previously in 24 August, the federal government agreed to begin the Pan Borneo Project through Public Private Partnership (PPP) method, where a Private Delivery Partner (PDP) or a consortium elected by the government will be set up for planning, designs, contract acquisition, and project monitoring.
He said the PDP will help the government in speeding up project implementation according to the schedule and budget fixed by the government.
The method will put the risk in implementing and completing the project under PDP, he added. -SayangSabah