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Consultant reviewing Pan Borneo Highway has yet to present findings

August 28, 2018 9:46 AM
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KUALA LUMPUR: The two weeks given to the consultant appointed to review the awarded contracts in relation to the Pan Borneo Highway are over, and they must present their findings to the government.

Works Minister Baru Bian said he had yet to receive any information regarding the review, which was to look for ways to reduce the cost and scope of the highway's construction, in line with the federal government's effort to reduce spending.

"They are supposed to come back (to the government) to suggest as to how to reduce the cost and the scope of the highway.

"(But) you have to ask the Finance Ministry on that, although I understand that the two weeks is already over. So they should revert back to the ministry," he told reporters after the launch of the 'Procurement as Part of Good Governance in New Malaysia' report and seminar, here today.

Baru had, on Aug 3, said the federal government would appoint an independent consultant firm to review the multi-billion ringgit Pan Borneo Highway's contracts for both Sabah and Sarawak, due to the government's tight finances.

He had said that the consultant would present their views two weeks after their appointment.

Meanwhile, Baru said his ministry has yet to hold discussions regarding the Budget 2019, which is expected to be tabled by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in November.

On whether the ministry intends to review toll rates next year or if he would propose the matter in the upcoming budget, Baru said: "I don't want to prematurely make decisions, we have to wait."


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