KUCHING: SUPP Youth yesterday ridiculed state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen for saying it would take the Barisan Nasional (BN) government 44 years to complete the Pan Borneo Highway.
Its chief Tan Kai said it would not take that long to turn the trunk road to a highway.
"It is totally not right for Chong to just do a simple calculation based on the initial RM500 million allocated for the project in Budget 2014," Tan told a news conference at SUPP headquarters here.
Tan, an engineer by profession, pointed out the initial stages of any project would cost relatively lower than the cost for actual implementation.
He was confident the BN government would give more allocation in the coming years as the entire project was scheduled for completion in 2025.
He said Chong, who is also Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman, should have consulted an expert in construction before coming up with the "ridiculous conclusion" of 44 years.
"All project planning adopts the S-Curve, which is an international standard to measure and evaluate construction projects. It is Linear-Curve, which is what Chong has arrived at.
"I hope he will not make mistakes again by making such a simple calculation of RM500 million times 44 years to get RM22 billion, which is the estimated cost for the Pan Borneo Highway project. It is not professional.
"Even if he is not aware of the S-Curve, go consult experts in the construction industry. Chong should stop misleading the people."
To a question, Tan said he believed the BN government would not be allocating only RM500 million for the Pan Borneo Highway project in future national budgets.
For the time being, he said the Pan Borneo trunk road was being maintained and upgraded, thanks to the RM457 million approved under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) for 109 projects.
"With the RM457 million, stretches of the trunk road are being maintained and provided with overtaking lanes while black spots are rectified and low-lying parts being enhanced to curb flooding.
"Based on the information from JKR, 67.8 per cent of the 109 projects have been completed and there are 35 more projects to go."
He stressed the BN government would complete the Pan Borneo Highway as promised in its manifesto.
"It is a commitment by the BN government. We have absolute confidence the allocation for the Pan Borneo Highway project will increase."
Also present were Wanita SUPP chief Tnay Li Ping, Youth secretary-general Wilfred Yap, training secretary Milton Foo and Kuching branch committee member Sim Kiang Chiok.