Baru Bian to Ensure Pan Borneo Done on Time; Cost Being Reviewed


SIBU: Works Minister Baru Bian says he will personally monitor the ongoing construction of the Pan Borneo Highway, reported Bernama.

“This is my commitment to ensure this mega project that connects Sarawak and Sabah is successfully and timely constructed,” he said after launching the Selangau District Teachers’ Day celebration here Saturday.

“For a start, I am planning to visit the various construction sites from Telok Melano (Lundu), Kuching to Miri on the Sarawak side with ministry officers during the first phase of construction.

“Then we will visit the Sabah side beginning from Limbang (Sarawak). The schedules are now being worked out,” he said.

The 2,325-kilometre highway costing about RM29 billion is scheduled for completion by 2021.

The cost is however still being reviewed.

Meanwhile, Baru said since his appointment as a minister, he has learnt more about the road network and government buildings nationwide.

“But as far as Sarawak is concerned, it is still lagging far behind.

“It is the agenda of the new PH government under Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s leadership to improve on this despite the financial constraints,” he said.

He said the PH government would focus on a holistic approach, free from corrupt practices and abuse of position on all projects.