‘Report on tolled highways done’

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 26 Jun 2019

Work in progress: Site officials explaining the updates to Baru (centre) on the housing development project near Precinct 12 in Putrajaya.

PUTRAJAYA: A study on the government’s proposed takeover of tolled highways from concessionaires has been completed, and hopefully a decision will be made in a few weeks says Works Minister Baru Bian.

He said the study, prepared by certified audit consultants on the toll industry, had been presented to the Cabinet.

“So now we are only waiting for the Cabinet to decide,” he said after a site visit to a hou­sing development project by the Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia (CIDB) near Precinct 12 in Putrajaya yesterday.

He said there was no exact time-frame for a decision because feedback needed to be gathered from other ministries.

“We just have to wait because we need to circulate to all the ministries for their review and feedback.

“However, I hope it will be within the next few weeks and not months,” he said.

Baru had earlier said any takeover of tolled highway concessionaires would only be approved by the Cabinet after detailed studies were completed.

His latest statement came following Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s announcement that the government had made a RM6.2bil bid to take over four tolled highways in the Klang Valley.

Baru also said he was “happy to note” the ongoing enforcement efforts by CIDB to ensure companies comply with construction rules.

According to CIDB statistics, 42% of foreign workers at the site checks, in 2018, were not registered with CIDB.

The statistic represented 16,748 foreign workers out of the 40,111 the organisation has checked.

Up until May this year, CIDB carried out 15 integrated enforcement operations and 1,347 checks at construction sites, with 2,611 notices served to errant companies.

An integrated enforcement operation conducted by CIDB and other relevant agencies is to check that contractors adhere to construction rules and regulations.

Also present at the site visit was CIDB chief executive Datuk Ahmad Asri Abdul Hamid.

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