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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Keep vital transport projects going, urges works minister

 

The Pan Borneo Highway is among several projects that need Budget funds, says the works minister.

PETALING JAYA: Works Minister Fadillah Yusof hopes there will be enough funds in the 2021 Budget to keep major road and rail transport projects on track next year.

Fadillah said he hoped the construction industry would continue to be given attention and serve as the core of the government’s economic recovery and growth in 2021.

“We need to ensure that major construction projects such as Mass Rapid Transit Line 3, East Coast Rail Line, High Speed Rail, Pan Borneo Highway, and several other highway projects run smoothly and serve as a catalyst for positive growth for the construction industry,” he said.

He hoped attention would be given to certain high priority projects such as the balance of the project packages for the Central Spine Road and the Jalan Kota Bharu-Kuala Krai project that have not yet been approved.

Fadillah Yusof.

He said this includes the road from Kuala Krai to Gua Musang and also the line connecting Bentong to Karak.

In East Malaysia, among the high priority projects yet to get off the ground are the 5km “missing link” from Kuala Baram, Miri, to the Brunei border at the Sungai Tujuh immigration checkpoint.

Funds were also needed for road maintenance, government buildings and quarters.

“The economic multiplier effect obtained through such small projects will be felt more quickly and can be enjoyed by more industry players in the various layers of the construction sector,” he said.

There were also 20 new projects to upgrade existing roads or build new roads.

The 2021 Budget is scheduled to be tabled at the Dewan Rakyat on Nov 6. - FMT

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