Use prequalified tender to expedite Pan Borneo project, says Fadillah

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KUCHING: The Deputy Prime Minister suggested the Finance Ministry and the Work Ministry use the prequalified tender procurement method to select contractors for the Pan Borneo Highway (LPB) project.

Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof (pic) said the method would ensure the appointed contractor's reliability and not affect the highway construction process.

"Doing it through an open tender will take a long time, especially if there are too many applications. So, I recommend a prequalified tender, meaning the tender will be opened with conditions.

"Contractors who meet the criteria will be identified, and those who qualify will be called to enter the actual tender," he told reporters when met at the state-level Cost of Living Carnival at Dewan Hikmah on Sunday (Sept 17).

Fadillah, the coordinator for the Pan Borneo Highway project, said he was suggesting expediting the highway construction, which involves a total distance of 1,492km.

The prime minister, in his speech in conjunction with Malaysia Day 2023 on Saturday (Sept 16), vowed to fulfil the promises and agreements made during the formation of Malaysia, including the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and had tasked Fadillah to expedite and resolve issues surrounding the Pan Borneo Highway project.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said this was to ensure the construction of the highway could be completed earlier than the previously set deadline.

On Aug 20, the media reported that Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said Phase 1 of the Sabah LPB Project, which involves 15 work packages, is now 82% compleated and is scheduled to be fully completed in January 2025.

Phase 1 of the Sarawak LPB Project involves 11 work packages and was almost 98% completed.- Bernama

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