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More manpower involved as construction moves into high gear

Monday, 30 April 2018, Kuching: With Labour Day tomorrow, let us take a moment to reflect on the thousands of men and women building Sarawak’s legacy – the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak.

Did you know…

  • That a total of 1,893 staff are currently being employed directly for the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak development – either by Project Delivery Partner Lebuhraya Borneo Utara (LBU) at its head office and at site offices, or as part of the Resident Engineers Team (RET) or by the main contractors. This statistic is as of March 2018.
  • Out of this number, some 1,535 personnel or 81% are local Sarawakians, employed both in technical and non-technical fields.
  • Compare this to the 1,553 personnel who were employed as a March 2017 – showing a direct employment increase of 340 personnel recruited over a span of one year.
  • On a monthly average for 2018, the 11 works packages have some 9,140 workers on site, along with an average of 4,325 machines, both big and small i.e. excavators, bull dozers, dump trucks, compactors, cranes, bar-bending machines, welding sets, etc. Note that machines require manpower, mostly skilled and semi-skilled.

Construction of the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak which started in 2015 has now shifted to a higher gear as evidenced in the construction activities seen at all 11 works packages spanning from Telok Melano to Miri.

Eight of the 11 works packages are now concentrating on earthworks, ground treatment, culvert works and utilities relocation works.

Two works packages - Serian Roundabout-Pantu Junction (SPJ) and Bintangor Junction-Julau Junction and Sibu Airport-Sungai Kua Bridge (BSK) - have by now started with roadworks in view of the 70% completion of its earthworks. Bridge works, ground treatment and culvert works are also in full swing.

As for Telok Melano-Sematan (TMS), works have moved into full gear for bridge works and roadworks now that it has almost completed the earthwork.

In view of the ‘peaking’ of construction activities at all works packages, it also means more manpower is having to be deployed to the respective stretches.

Being the single largest infrastructure in the State, this Project has given emphasis to the employment of local Sarawakians as part of its capacity-building effort, giving opportunities to take on the Highway building jobs which were not available in the past.

The transfer of knowledge and technologies, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and traffic management, is set to benefit our local Sarawakians.

In addition to learning new skills, other local capacity-building efforts resulting from the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak project include increased jobs for local consultants directly involved in the design and construction, for those in the Health, Safety and Environment profession, and more.

While the infrastructure or the hardware is set to change the physical landscape of the State with the Pan Borneo Highway project, human capital development or the software will flourish too through this capacity-building.

This Labour Day, let us all celebrate the thousands of men and women directly and indirectly involved on the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak. They are part of Sarawak’s history.