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Masing praises LBU in DUN

Thursday, 14 November 2019, Kuching: The numerous achievements by LBU specifically in digitalising the highway construction through Building Information Modelling (BIM) to design, plan and monitor the construction has won praises from the Deputy Chief Minister.

Tan Sri Dr James Masing who is also Minister of Infrastructure and Port Development informed the Sarawak august House that LBU’s efforts in digitalisation had won international and local awards as well as other recognitions.

“For the information of this august House, LBU has accomplished numerous achievements which amongst others, being the industry leader in digitalisation of highway construction, and using Building Information Modelling (BIM) to design, plan and monitor the construction of Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak. LBU’s efforts in digitalisation have won international and local awards as well as other recognitions,” he said in his winding up speech.

During the speech, Masing expressed his dismay with LBU’s termination as the PDP for the project and said this may delay the project.

He also brought to the House’s attention that the termination may affect 507 employees, out of which 355 are local Sarawakians.

“Nevertheless, equipped with the skills, knowledge and experience that they have acquired over the years while managing the construction of Pan Borneo Highway, it is hoped that the laid off employees will be able to secure jobs elsewhere within a short period of time, perhaps including working with the “to be appointed” Project Management Consultant for the project,” he added.

Construction on the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak has progressed to completing the first carriageway from Sematan to Miri before it moves on to the second carriageway.

This, according to the minister was crucial to enable the traffic flow to be diverted to the completed carriageway so that the construction of the second carriageway could be continued with minimal disruption.