Works Min­is­ter acts on is­sue of poor road con­di­tions

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LAWAS: Works Min­is­ter Baru Bian yes­ter­day called on road users to re­port to the min­istry if the com­pany de­vel­op­ing the Sarawak stretch of the Pan Bor­neo High­way fails to act on com­plaints of poor road con­di­tions within 24 hours.

“Please re­port di­rectly to me through my web­site if no ac­tion is be­ing taken within 24 hours,” he told re­porters af­ter cast­ing his vote for the PKR Lawas divi­sion at the Lawas In­door Sta­dium here.

He said he had in­structed Le­buhraya Bor­neo Utara Sdn Bhd, the project de­liv­ery part­ner for the Sarawak seg­ment of the high­way, to en­sure that there are no breaches of safety reg­u­la­tions dur­ing the up­grad­ing of the Pan Bor­neo High­way, in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of proper traf­fic sig­nages and re­pair of pot­holes.

Baru wants road users to be spe­cific when lodg­ing re­ports of poor road con­di­tions by tak­ing and send­ing pic­tures; giv­ing the ex­act lo­ca­tion and the name of the con­trac­tor in­volved in that stretch of the road de­vel­op­ment.

The Works Min­istry of­fi­cial web­site is at www.kkr.gov. my.

On the ris­ing num­ber of com­plaints against the poor road con­di­tions from Sibu to Bin­tulu, es­pe­cially in the Se­lan­gau-Tatau area, due to the con­struc­tion of the high­way, he said the min­istry is well aware of the prob­lem and urged road users to lodge of­fi­cial com­plaints with the project de­liv­ery part­ner first.

“I was part of the del­e­ga­tion on a road tour of the Sarawak Pan Bor­neo High­way from Telok Me­lano to Miri re­cently and I did not see any pot­holes in Se­lan­gau. Ev­ery­thing was OK.

“Maybe they (con­trac­tors) knew the min­is­ter was com­ing,” he said. Road users have shared their bad ex­pe­ri­ence when driv­ing along the Tatau and Se­lan­gau roads on Face­book and What­sApp, claim­ing that as many as 20 cars have suf­fered punc­tured tyres due to the many pot­holes.

Video clips of the pot­holes went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia this week, show­ing ve­hi­cles try­ing to avoid the deep pot­holes.

To make mat­ters worse, the pot­holes were hardly no­tice­able dur­ing the cur­rent rainy sea­son.

Last year, the same stretch of road made head­lines for the same rea­son, prompt­ing the then Works Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Fadil­lah Yu­sof to call an ur­gent meet­ing with the con­trac­tors to solve the prob­lem.

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