10 September 2021 – The Pan Borneo Highway Projects in Sabah and Sarawak will improve the road infrastructure, connectivity, accessibility which is expected to boost socio-economic activities especially for local industries to flourish thereby providing new employment opportunities.
Senior Minister, Ministry of Works, Dato’ Sri Fadillah Yusof said the same outcome is expected on the completion of the Sarawak-Sabah Link Road (SSLR) whereby it will increase the level of comfort and safety for road users in traversing the interiors of Sarawak who are currently using logging roads to move around.
“ It is envisaged that the SSLR will also create wider opportunities for eco- tourism and agro-tourism for its surrounding rural communities and providing easier access for necessities such as education and healthcare.
“In essence, the infrastructures developed will not only ensure for a comprehensive logistics connectivity but also provide support for other vital utilities development including telecommunication, water supply and energy supply which become the catalyst for investments in new industrial activities,” he said in a statement today.
Concurrently, we need to realize that the challenges of current construction practices which includes high labour dependency, high fatality rate, ageing population, migration and cultural diversity, urbanization, rise of the robots, high volume of industrial waste, non-environmentally friendly and high cost of building.
“It requires us to embrace new technologies and digitisation if we are to remain competitive and resilient in the construction industry.
“The adoption, adaptation and innovation of new technologies is no longer an option but a necessity in our quest to enhance the productivity of the construction industry.
“Therefore, our construction industry needs to fully embrace IR 4.0 by using less unskilled workers and more automation in the construction industry,” he added.
Ministry of Works ( MOW ) Malaysia through Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) to ensure the infrastructure sector is continuously evolving will launch the National Construction Policy (NCP) 2030 this year.
It is to comprehensive guide for all the stakeholders of the construction industry in facing emerging technologies and new challenges domestically and internationally.