Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof has reaffirmed the commitment of the Works Ministry to complete the Pan Borneo Highway project in Sabah and Sarawak while maintaining the agreed-upon quality standards and budget. He emphasized the significance of this project as a game changer for both states, providing economic growth, travel convenience, and safety.
Fadillah anticipates that Phase 1 of the project in Sarawak will conclude by 2025, excluding Miri. Once completed, this phase will connect to Brunei, a milestone expected to take an additional five years, considering the tender process.
In Sabah, Phase 1A of the Pan Borneo Highway project is currently at an 85% completion rate and is projected to be finished in 2025. Following the finalization of the tender process, Phase 1B will commence and is also anticipated to require five years for completion.
The Pan Borneo Highway project in Sabah and Sarawak began in July 2016 and involves 35 work packages, covering a distance of 706 kilometers, starting from the Sabah-Sarawak border in Sindumin and extending up to Tawau.
Phases two and three of the project in Sabah and Sarawak are expected to be more time-consuming due to topographical differences between the states, which may necessitate distinct construction techniques and higher allocations. Despite these differences, the design and quality standards will remain consistent.
To expedite the project, Fadillah encouraged contractors to collaborate with experienced companies from both the peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak, facilitating the exchange of expertise, knowledge, skills, and technology.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim previously highlighted the government’s commitment to ensuring the swift implementation of the Pan Borneo Highway project for the benefit of the people in Sabah and Sarawak, underlining its significance for regional development and connectivity.