Sarawak acts after frequent collapse of major roads

Sarawak Minister of Infrastructure Development and Transportation James Masing speaking to reporters after a dialogue between the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia dialogue and Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg today.

KUCHING: The Sarawak government will reexamine road infrastructure following the frequent collapse of major roads in the state, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Transportation James Masing said today.

He said the engineers must ensure that bridges and roads are constructed properly as the frequent crumbling of infrastructure may result in fatal accidents.

“We cannot be sweeping these incidents under the carpet by putting the blame on the continuous rainfall,” he said following the road collapse in Pakan from land erosion.

The collapsed road, about 35m long and 17m deep, is said to have affected the movement of thousands of people who live around the area.

“This could be a result of poor design, but whatever it is, we will look into it seriously. The engineers have to find out where they went wrong.

“It is unfortunate and as the minister in charge, I will make sure that they do a proper job while repairing it,” he said after a dialogue between the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia dialogue and Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg today.

Earlier, Abang Johari expressed concern over the poor condition of roads in the state, especially those constructed on soft soil and in swampy areas.

He also stressed the importance of basic infrastructure in rural areas in propelling the state’s economic growth.