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High quality of Pan Borneo works means minimal maintenance needed, says See

KUCHING: There will be very little maintenance on Pan Borneo Highway roads for quite a period of time after its full completion due to the high quality of works being carried out, says Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How.

See, who is the Works Ministry’s special functions officer in Sarawak, said he had visited all the contractors working on the highway to scrutinise what they had done and would be doing.

“I can very proudly say here that all the work contractors are actually putting a lot of efforts to ensure the high quality of the roads of the Pan Borneo Highway that we are upgrading and constructing now.

“The quality of works on the roads of Pan Borneo Highway is of high standard and here I would say that for quite a period of time after the completion, there will be very little maintenance done on the present works that the contractors are working on,” he said.

See was responding to a question from the floor after his speech on ‘Pan Borneo Highway – A Game Changer for Sarawak Infrastructure’ during the 2019 Sarawak Investment and Business Summit here yesterday.

Approached after the session, he said the handover of the Pan Borneo Highway project from the project delivery partner (PDP) to the Works Ministry should take place in February next year, although no specific date had been fixed.

He said after the handover, whatever agreement that the PDP had with the main contractors of the work packages would be passed to the ministry.

He added that because of novation, the contractors did not have to sign a new agreement.

“The new agreement is signed only between the PDP and the ministry,” he said.

According to See, the Works Ministry is also trying to shorten the progress payment to the main contractor to make sure that the project is delivered on time.

“Currently, the progress payment is made between 80 and 130 days and we are hoping to reduce it to 30 days because I think the most important thing that the ministry can do is to help on this matter to ensure that we can have the project delivered on time.

“This is how we can facilitate the work packages contractors.”

See said the main issue was not about the main contractors not having the money, but rather the bank interests incurred by them on their loans when it took so long to pay them.

“A few days ago, the contractors only got
their progress payment for May.

“The saving from this interest (payment), according to a contractor, could be used to call for many sub-contractors to accomplish the works, which could expedite the completion,” he said.

Source: Borneo Post