KOTA KINABALU: Only 21 out of 35 packages under Phase 1 of the Sabah Pan Borneo Highway project can be completed by 2028, says Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that the remaining packages under the first phase are expected to be completed only by 2040.
“In the first phase, 11 packages have commenced but the performance achievement is slower than we expected with 40% progress on these ongoing packages.
“Out of the 35 packages, our progress is about 20% so far, ” he said during the question and answer session in the Sabah assembly sitting on Monday (Dec 21).
The state Works Minister was responding to the question from Datuk Seri Mohd Salleh Said (BN-Usukan) and another similar question from Datuk Abdul Ghani Mohamed Yassin (PN-Nabawan) on the status of the Pan Borneo Highway project.
He said delays happened when preliminary matters arising were not settled first before awards were given to contractors previously.
“But moving forward, we will change this - we will not award (projects) to contractors until utility issues and compensation (payment) are done first, ” he stressed.
Bung Moktar reiterated the commitment by the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) government to carry out Phase 1 until Phase 3 of the RM40bil highway project.
He said they planned to reach this objective by carrying out the packages simultaneously, where they would suggest to the Federal Government to allow the state government to do the highway project through Private Financial Initiative (PFI).
“If we do this, the state government has to make efforts to find investors locally to ensure this can be carried out.
“I am in the midst of talking with some, they (investors) will come in January to make a presentation to the State government, ” added Bung Moktar.