We’ll let Putrajaya decide on model for Pan Borneo Highway, says Sarawak CM

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg delivering his speech during the signing ceremony between Serba Dinamik Sdn Bhd and Petronas in Kuching today.

KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg will leave it to the federal government to decide on whether to replace the project delivery partner (PDP) model for Pan Borneo Highway.

He said it was up to the federal government to decide as the RM29 billion project was under the federal government’s jurisdiction.

“Our only concern is that we hope this will not delay the completion of the project,” he said when met after a contract signing ceremony between Serba Dinamik Sdn Bhd and Petronas here, today.

Business daily The Edge in an earlier report stated that Putrajaya had decided to replace the PDP model for the project with a turnkey-contractor model.

Earlier, Tian Chua, who is the special adviser to Works Minister Baru Bian said the PDPs for the Pan Borneo Highway had not been removed.

The government, he said, was still reviewing the entire project, including the two PDPs – Borneo Highway PDP Sdn Bhd and Lebuhraya Borneo Utara (LBU) Sdn Bhd.

However, Sabah Chief Minister Shafie Apdal had confirmed reports that the PDP model for the Pan Borneo Highway would be dropped.

Earlier, during the event, Abang Johari had stressed that the state government was not ‘obsessed’ with controlling the oil and gas industry.

“We only want to contribute our role in the development of the industry,” he added.