Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Senior officials from Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia continued their series of talks on the Sungai Pandaruan bridge construction at the 8th Joint Project Team Meeting in Kuala Lumpur recently.
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications, Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohamad Yusof led the Brunei delegation.
The Ministry of Communications is the joint-chair of the Joint Project Team (JPT) for Brunei Darussalam, and among the officials in the delegation includes representatives from the Ministry of Communications, Ministry of Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Attorney General's Chambers and the Department of Economic Planning and Development.
Meanwhile the Malaysian delegation was led by Secretary General of the Ministry of Works Datuk Himmat Singh as the co-chair.
Prior to the JPT Meeting, both countries held the 3rd Bridge Management Committee (BMC) meeting, which was co-chaired by the heads of representative from the Ministry of Development (Brunei Darussalam) and Ministry of Works (Malaysia).
The outcome of the BMC meeting was agreed upon by both representative heads and reported to the co-chair of JPT of both countries.
Among the core matters agreed upon were issues relating to the development of bridge construction project by the Malaysian authorities and the development of linkage road construction project carried out by both sides, heading towards the bridge.
Physically, the bridge construction commenced May 15, 2012 and its infrastructure development was completed on August 14, 2013. The asphalt work on the bridge and linkage road is scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2013.
Both sides have also discussed preparation for the launching of the bridge, which will coincide with the signing of agreement between the governments of Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia relating to the management, maintenance and usage of the bridge spanning the Pandaruan River at the end of November 2013.
At present, travellers make use of ferry services to cross the river.
Both governments hope the bridge will smoothen the journey of travellers, especially locals and other users, and at the same time, bring about positive impact on the development of the areas involved.