KUCHING: It is up to the federal government to decide how to proceed with the Pan Borneo Highway project in Sarawak, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (pic).
He said what was important was for the project to be completed on schedule.
"The federal government has been wanting to restructure the project and not to use the present arrangement of project delivery partners (PDP).
"It is up to them because this is a federal government project.
"But what we are concerned is (that) we hope it does not delay the project," he told reporters after witnessing a contract signing ceremony between Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd and Serba Dinamik Sdn Bhd here on Thursday (March 21).
Abang Johari was asked to comment on a news report that the federal government had decided to drop the PDP model for the RM29bil highway project in favour of turnkey contractors.
Citing sources, The Edge reported on Thursday that the Works Ministry would take over the project and hire turnkey contractors to replace the PDPs for the project's remaining construction work.
Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd is the PDP for the project in Sarawak while the Sabah portion is handled by Borneo Highway PDP Sdn Bhd.
The highway is expected to be completed in 2021 in Sarawak and 2023 in Sabah.
However, Tian Chua, the special adviser to Works Minister Baru Bian, was reported saying that the two PDPs had not been removed yet as the government was still reviewing the entire project.
He added that the government's priority was ensuring that the project was completed on time.