Baru to personally monitor Pan Borneo highway construction

Works Minister Baru Bian says the government intends to improve the road network in Sarawak. (Bernama pic)

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

“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 last night.

“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.

2nd phase of Pan Borneo Highway undergoing technical study