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Baru Bian: I will closely monitor Pan Borneo Highway construction

SIBU: Works Minister Baru Bian says he will personally follow up closely the ongoing Pan Borneo Highway construction.

"This is my commitment to ensure the mega project spanning Sarawak and Sabah is successfully and timely constructed," he said after launching the Selangau district Teachers Day celebration here on Saturday (Aug 4) night.

"For a start, I am planning to visit the various construction sites from Telok Melano (Lundu), Kuching to Miri on the Sarawak side with ministry officers during the first phase of construction.

"Then we will visit the Sabah side beginning from Limbang (Sarawak). The schedules are now being worked out," he said.

The 2,325km highway costing about RM29bil is scheduled for completion by 2021.

The cost is, however, still being reviewed.

Meanwhile, Baru said his position as Works Minister had increased his knowledge specially on road network system and government buildings nationwide.

"But as far as Sarawak is concerned, it is still lagging far behind.

"It is the agenda of the new Pakatan Harapan Government under Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's leadership to improve on this despite the financial constraint," he said.

According to him, the Pakatan Government will focus on a holistic approach, free from corrupt practices and abuse of position on all projects implemented through transparent management conducted via open tender. -Bernama