THE cabinet is expected to make a decision pertaining to the proposed takeover of four highway concessions by the end of this month after scrutinising the findings of the study carried out by the Works Ministry.

Works Minister Baru Bian said the study findings were currently being distributed to all ministries for scrutiny and the announcement on the matter would also be made at the latest by the end of this month.

The minister, however, refused to elaborate.

“To be fair, I shouldn’t speak prematurely about it, but definitely it is for the good of the people in all aspects; all the stakeholders’ rights have been considered. So, we can expect something positive,” he said when asked about the latest development of the highway concession takeover plan today.

Last June, Baru was reported as saying that the proposal for the acquisition of any highway would only be decided by the cabinet after taking into account the result of the study.

He said the ministry had also appointed an independent accredited audit consultant in January 2019 to study and examine the direction of the country’s toll industry.

Earlier today, Baru officiated the ground-breaking ceremony for IJM Corp Bhd’s industrialised building system (IBS) plant in Bestari Jaya.

Also present were IJM group CEO cum managing director Soam Heng Choon.

In his speech, Baru said the government was committed to promoting IBS technology and one of the ministry’s main targets was towards having a mandatory policy for private projects worth RM50 million and above to use the IBS system and reach at least the IBS score of 50 by 2020.

He said the IBS plant initiative had also been seen as capable of realising the government’s mission to build more affordable houses in a shorter period of time.

“In fact, the use of IBS is also capable of providing better quality houses and comfort to the people,” he said.

– Bernama