Part 1 LBU Hopes Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak Will Be Completed as Promised
With talk of the impending termination of the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) concept in the implementation of Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak, Lebuhraya Borneo Utara (LBU) as the current PDP, can only hope that the Highway will be completed as promised to the people of Sarawak.
“As professionals, we believe that we have done our part to develop, commence and meet all our obligations to deliver Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak to its current half-way completion.
“So now if the government wants to take over the remaining construction stage, LBU along with all Sarawakians, hope that the government will complete the Highway on time, within cost and quality standards, similar to the Telok Melano-Sematan stretch which was completed ahead of schedule and below the target costs,” LBU said in a press statement today.
LBU said the months of market talk of changing the project’s implementation model had been most disruptive to an efficient set-up designed and agreed by the government to effectively deliver 786-kilometre (km) of the Pan Borneo Highway across Sarawak.
“Rumours in the market got all parties involved in the project jittery. It certainly affected the good rate of progress achieved in the previous months. This is very sad as all this disruption may affect the continuation and overall completion of this highway.”
It noted that market talk of termination of the PDP surfaced since the change in the government in mid-2018 and LBU had anticipated that it would not be terminated after having achieved a potential savings of RM2 billion and driving its contractors to meet their respective project progress timeline.
“As PDP, which acts like a partner and an extension arm of the government, you cannot do as you like. The government is the decision-maker; PDP does the groundwork and drives implementation.”