Decision on PDP model needs careful consideration — CM

Posted on : 10 Jun 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

KUCHING: The federal government needs to make careful consideration before deciding on whether to cancel the project delivery partner (PDP) model for the Pan Borneo Highway project in Sarawak.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this is in view that the implantation of the multi-billion ringgit project in the state is running smoothly.

“The project is under the federal government and they are the ones who make the decision, but they have to look at the situation from various points because the construction of Pan Borneo is almost 70 per cent completed.

“From there, they should see whether or not to continue with PDP or other means,” he said, adding that he has been informed of the decision by the federal government recently.

He was asked by reporters when met at Petra Jaya MP Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof’s Hari Raya Open House yesterday to comment on Works Minister Baru Bian’s recent statement that the federal government will reveal its decision on the PDP model for the Pan Borneo Highway project in Sarawak soon.

Meanwhile, Fadillah also gave his two cents by stressing that if the federal government chooses to replace the existing PDP, they would have to come up with ‘something better’.

“I think they (federal government) should look at the overall context. If they want to create a new PDP model, the first thing they have to understand is that the design and overall research was carried out based on the existing PDP.

“So if they want to replace this PDP, it must be a better one so that the government will not suffer losses nor will it impact the implementation of the project in terms of monitoring, quality, safety aspect and so on,” he opined.

The former Works Minister further elaborated that if the current PDP is abolished to appoint new parties, then this would also affect the government in terms of compensation.

He said this was because an agreement had already been signed by the previous federal government with the existing PDP.

He, however, could not give an estimated compensation figure that the federal government would have to pay if the PDP was cancelled.

“At the moment, I can see that the existing PDP is doing well and they have already achieved more than 50 per cent. Two work packages have already been completed and they are continuing what has been set before.

“But I will leave this to the current government, particularly Baru Bian as the minister in charge.

“The priority should be to ensure that the project is completed on schedule according to the quality and cost that has been fixed,” he stressed.

Fadillah also noted that if the federal government wanted to reduce the cost in the implementation of the Pan Borneo Highway Project, it would be best for them to negotiate with the current PDP.

So far, only the PDP model for the Sabah portion of the highway project had been cancelled and replaced with a turnkey contractor model.