KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has approved RM4.7mil to complete a sky bridge project that has been stalled since 2018 after the developer became insolvent.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor announced this after visiting the site on Thursday (Feb 4), where the overhead bridge will link the Oceanus, Api-Api Centre and Asia City areas.
The project is expected to be completed by the middle of the year as the bridge is already 90% built.
"We do not want the project to be abandoned indefinitely.
"It must be finished quickly for the convenience and safety of the public," he said.
Accompanying Hajiji were Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Abidin Madingkir, nominated assemblyman Datuk Yong Teck Lee, and Kota Kinabalu City Hall Mayor Noorliza Awang Alip.
Initially, the RM31.5mil project was funded by the Prime Minister's Department Public Private Partnership Unit through a facilitation fund agreement between the Government of Malaysia, Malaysia Development Bank and Sunsea Development Sdn Bhd on Feb 9,2017.
Construction of the pedestrian links and upgrading of the surrounding infrastructure began on April 1 that year with an initial six-month deadline of Sept 30, but it was later extended to April 30,2018.
Under the agreement, the Malaysian Government has the right to terminate the facilitation fund should the developer become insolvent.
Sunsea Development was given a winding-up order on April 18,2018.
With 90% of the project already completed, the contractor Petrofiq Sdn Bhd had stopped work, saying it did not receive payment.