Shafie denies Warisan delayed Pan Borneo Highway project

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan did not cause any delay in the Sabah stretch of the Pan Borneo Highway when it was the state government, says Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

Quoting from the 2019 Audit Report, the party president said the Federal Government had decided to terminate the agreement with the project delivery partner (PDP) for Sabah in September that year, and for Sarawak the following year.

“It was not the Sabah or Sarawak governments that terminated the agreement.

"It was the Federal Government, simply because we were just paying the PDP a huge amount of money,” he said in his debate speech in the state assembly sitting here on Monday (April 22).

He was responding to Datuk Annuar Ayub (GRS-Liawan) who pointed out that Shafie was chief minister during the change of PDP that led to the delay.

Shafie, who was chief minister from May 2018 to September 2020, said the audit report stated that the PDP would be paid 5.5% or about RM700mil of the RM12.6bil total cost for the Sabah stretch.

Therefore, he told the assembly, that it was a matter of money and reiterated that the decision came from Putrajaya, not the state government.

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