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RM186.5 million for Labuan road, education projects
Published on: Saturday, June 08, 2024
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RM186.5 million for Labuan road, education projects
Nanta Linggi said three of these projects, valued at RM114 million, are currently in their initial stages and the procurement process for these projects is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
LABUAN: The Ministry of Works has allocated RM24.55 million for various road projects aimed at enhancing the safety of road users on this duty-free island this year. 

Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said this allocation would be used for the maintenance of roads, slopes and bridges in villages, as well as for upgrading accident-prone roads and maintaining traffic lights and streetlights.

“This commitment involves the issuance of 26 work orders and 15 work procurements for the immediate implemen-tation of these projects,” he said after the handing-over ceremony of the Labuan Matriculation College project, Friday. 

He emphasised that the Federal Government’s consistent focus on maintaining federal roads aligns with the Program MY Jalan KKR, which aims to provide better infrastructure for the public.

Of the total allocation, RM1.3 million has been earmarked for upgrading works at the three-way junction at Jalan Penghulu Tuah, a known accident-prone area.

“Our responsibility is to ensure road safety. Therefore, upgrading the junction, including installing traffic lights, is crucial to reducing accidents in the area,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education (MoE) has approved a total allocation of RM162 million for seven infrastructure development projects in Labuan this year.

Nanta Linggi said three of these projects, valued at RM114 million, are currently in their initial stages and the procurement process for these projects is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

“Another three projects, worth RM24 million, are scheduled for implementation within this year. Additionally, a project involving the construction of building blocks and upgrading works at Labuan Matriculation College, also valued at RM24 million, was successfully completed in March 2024,” he said. 

He emphasised that the Federal Government prioritises development projects based on urgency, aiming to provide improved facilities for students in Labuan. 

“We hope these initiatives will greatly benefit the educational environment here,” he said.

Nanta Linggi also assured that his Ministry, along with the Labuan Public Works Department, remain committed to guiding the MoE in executing development programmes that enhance the national education ecosystem and have a positive impact on the local community.

“The Works Minister acknowledged the challenges faced by contractors in procuring building materials locally, often needing to source them from mainland Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia,” he said

Earlier, he said the Labuan Vocational College project, which started on December 15, 2019, was completed on March 20, 2024. “Despite the difficulties in obtaining building material and the constraints imposed by the Covid-19 movement restrictions, the contractor managed to complete the project,” he added.

Nanta said the new facilities at Labuan Vocational College include additional blocks for a culinary arts workshop, an electrical technology workshop for low and high voltage, a welding workshop, a machine industrial workshop, and an automotive workshop.

“This project is a significant milestone for the local community, reflecting the Government’s efforts to empower vocational education and increase the number of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates, thereby contributing to national human capital development,” he said.

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