Fadil­lah: New govt should hon­our Pan Bor­neo High­way, other projects

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KUCH­ING: For­mer Works Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Fadil­lah Yu­sof is hope­ful that the new Pakatan Hara­pan ( PH) govern­ment will hon­our projects com­mit­ted to the state by the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion.

He men­tioned the Pan Bor­neo High­way, coastal road and the Batang Lu­par Bridge as among the projects that should be con­tin­ued for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple in Sarawak.

“The new govern­ment should hon­our what­ever ( projects) that has been com­mit­ted by the pre­vi­ous govern­ment be­cause I be­lieve it is good for the peo­ple. But of course that (de­ci­sion) rests on the new govern­ment, what­ever they want to de­cide.

“As far as Sarawak is con­cerned, the ex­pec­ta­tion of the peo­ple is what­ever projects that have been an­nounced and com­mit­ted un­der the pre­vi­ous govern­ment should con­tinue. It is for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple,” he told reporters yes­ter­day.

Fadil­lah, who is Pe­tra Jaya MP, ear­lier of­fi­ci­ated at the launch­ing of the Ra­madan bazaar at Ta­man Sukma Ria, Pe­tra Jaya.

As for the con­struc­tion of the Batang Lu­par Bridge, he said the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion had agreed to a 50 per cent al­lo­ca­tion for the RM1 bil­lion-project.

“I leave it to the new govern­ment, but as Sarawakians, we hope that they will be able to as­sist the state govern­ment in mak­ing sure that all in­fra­struc­ture and ameni­ties that need to be done con­tin­ues.

“Every­thing should con­tinue be­cause it is for the ben­e­fit of peo­ple in Sarawak,” he as­serted.

State PH chair­man Chong Chieng Jen on May 15 was re­ported to have as­sured that the con­struc­tion of the RM16 bil­lion Pan Bor­neo High­way will con­tinue, de­spite the change of govern­ment.

He how­ever said some au­dit­ing would be done on the ac­tual im­ple­men­ta­tion of the work and also the ap­point­ment of con­trac­tors and their sub­con­trac­tors, who get a frac­tion of the price although they are the ones ac­tu­ally do­ing the work.

“For now, I would like to re­as­sure all Sarawakians that Pan Bor­neo (High­way) project will con­tinue as are the other ma­jor projects that have been go­ing in Sarawak,” Chong was quoted as say­ing.

Fadil­lah (right) vis­its one of the stalls at the Ta­man Sukma Ria Ra­madan bazaar.

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