KUALA LUMPUR: The National Construction Policy will give focus on digitalisation and sustainability of the construction sector, said Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
In his last royal address for the opening of the first meeting of the second term of the 15th Parliament sitting today, Al-Sultan Abdullah said this will raise infrastructure maintenance as one of the construction industry's segments that can be developed to ensure effective management of facilities and assets.
"I am happy with the performance of Phase One of the Pan Borneo Highway Project in Sabah and Sarawak which started in 2015 and is expected to be fully operational in 2024.
"It will be my dream to drive on the highway, especially for me to get to know the people more in both of these states," he said in his speech.
During his last royal address at the August House last year, Al-Sultan Abdullah urged for more infrastructure development to be accelerated in Sabah and Sarawak.
The King said this will enable Sabah and Sarawak to be transformed into the country's new growth centres following the relocation of Indonesia's capital to Kalimantan.
As such, the King said the development of connectivity and accessibility networks for existing road networks should continue to spur and stimulate the growth of the nation.
In 2019, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced the plan to move Indonesia's capital from Jakarta to the province of East Kalimantan, which will be named Nusantara.