Buck up, Baru tells contractors over quality of Miri-Sibu highway

The quality of the Miri-Sibu segment of the Pan Borneo Highway has received the thumbs down from Works Minister Baru Bian.

SIBU: Works Minister Baru Bian has expressed dissatisfaction with the construction of the Miri-Sibu segment of the Pan Borneo Highway project, saying contractors need to improve the quality of the road.

Having tested the Miri to Bintulu road last night, and the Bintulu to Sibu stretch this morning following complaints, Baru said there were many potholes that could endanger road users.

“I want to say I am not happy. There are many potholes, which pose a danger to road users, especially at night when visibility is poor,” he said.

He understood the challenges faced by the contractors but said they must adhere to certain standards.

“The contractors need to buck up. My ministry will be monitoring all works and I will not compromise on this,” he told reporters after attending a symbolic girder “stitching” of the Batang Rajang bridge in Durin today.

Baru said the RM120 million 1.2km-long Batang Rajang twin bridge was expected to be opened to the public next April, two months ahead of schedule.

The bridge is the longest of 115 bridges built under the Pan Borneo Highway project.