Dam­aged gang­way struc­ture col­lapses

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SARIKEI: The dam­aged gang­way of Sarikei Ex­press Wharf fi­nally col­lapsed yes­ter­day morn­ing af­ter be­ing left un­re­paired for about six months.

Pho­to­graphs of the col­lapsed wharf were cir­cu­lated via What­sApp and posted on so­cial me­dia by cu­ri­ous ci­ti­zens.

Act­ing con­troller of Sarawak Rivers Board ( SRB), Abang Mo­hamad Abang Naili when con­tacted told The Bor­neo Post that the col­lapsed struc­ture in the pic­ture is one of the three gang­ways at the wharf.

“Two of the gang­ways are still in good con­di­tion and safe to use,” he said.

“The one that col­lapsed was no longer in use for a long time and the pub­lic can use the two other gang­ways,” he added.

He said the struc­ture was dam­aged since April this year and they were wait­ing for Pub­lic Works Depart­ment (PWD) to build a new one.

“I was in a meet­ing with Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Datuk (Amar) Awang Ten­gah (Ali Hasan) when you called just now. We are aware of the sit­u­a­tion and will cor­don off the area for pub­lic safety,” he told The Bor­neo Post.

Abang Mo­hamad ex­plained that although the wharf’s day­to­day op­er­a­tion comes un­der SRB’s purview, the struc­tural work is un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of PWD.

How­ever, SRB will co­or­di­nate and li­aise with PWD on the re­pair, he added.

Mean­while, Re­pok assem­bly­man Dato Sri Huang Tiong Sii told The Bor­neo Post that he was mon­i­tor­ing the case of the col­lapsed wharf closely with PWD and SRB.

“I am work­ing closely with PWD and SRB to solve this is­sue. For your info, PWD is pre­par­ing ten­der doc­u­ments which will be out one to two weeks from now,” he said via What­sApp.

He ex­plained that the de­lay was due to his per­sonal re­quest for PWD and SRB to change the scope of work.

“( There is) slight de­lay of the work as I per­son­ally re­quested PWD and LSS ( SRB) to change work scope from re­pair­ing to re­place­ment of all pon­toon and rail­ings af­fected,” he added.

He said this is nec­es­sary for the safety of users in the long run.

The gang­way in Sarikei Ex­press Wharf that col­lapsed yes­ter­day.

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