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Pan Borneo Highway project to continue, but contractors will be audited

KUCHING: The Pan Borneo Highway mega project will continue amid the change in Federal Government, but an audit will be carried out on the contractors involved.

Sarawak Pakatan Harapan chairman Chong Chieng Jen said auditors will be appointed to review the contracts to ensure that funds will go to the project and the actual companies carrying out the work.

“There is a lot of concern on the ground that the Pan Borneo Highway contracts may be terminated because of the change in government.

“I assure all Sarawakians that the project will continue.

 “However, there will be some auditing to be carried out in respect to the actual companies carrying out the work and the appointment of layers of subcontractors, which ultimately led to the actual person doing the work getting only a fraction of the contract price,” he told a press conference at the DAP headquarters here Monday.

Putrajaya will appoint auditors from professional groups to carry out the review, which will also include other ongoing infrastructure projects in Sarawak, added the Stampin MP.

“We will reveal the auditors and mechanisms later, but most important is to investigate the paperwork and money trail of the project.

“We will do some auditing with that purpose, and intend that every single sen spent by the Government will go to the project and for the benefit of the people,” he added.

Chong said work will continue on the site, adding that the Government is looking to speed up projects.

The 1,089km Sarawak stretch Pan Borneo Highway project, from Telok Melano in Sematan up north to Lawas, and divided into more than 10 packages, cost around RM16bil.

 

(Source, TheStar)