Heavy vehicles banned from parking near repaired water pipe

Dudong assemblyman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing at the site.

KUCHING: It is hoped that following the disruption and inconvenience caused by the burst main water pipe in front of Sibu Foochow Association along Jalan Salim in Sibu, operators of heavy vehicles will heed the warning notice there which bans such vehicles from parking in the area.

In a Facebook post at around 5.50pm on Thursday (Jan 27), Dudong assemblyman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said repair works on the burst main water pipe had finally been completed after over 36 hours since the pipe burst.

He said the burst pipe was largely due to a warning notice preventing heavy vehicles from parking in the area being ignored for a long time.

“Unfortunately, despite the clear notice banning vehicles of over three tonnes from parking in the area, lorries of more than 10 tonnes were also regularly parking there, eventually causing the ground to subside and crush the affected water pipe,” said the Bintulu MP.

He noted that Sibu Water Board (SWB) had said that such mishaps had occurred many times previously, caused by people driving heavy trucks and ignoring the warnings by continuing to park there. As a result, he said much maintenance work had to be carried out.

“I hope after this burst water pipe incident, lorry operators and drivers can realise that their personal actions have led to inconvenience for many people,” he said.

He said many residents had faced unnecessary disruption to their daily lives due to the water shortage.

“On behalf of the SWB, I wish to express my sincere apologies to the residents affected by this burst water pipe,” said Tiong.

He emphasised that everyone in Sibu must cooperate and work together to build and improve the community into a friendlier, more orderly, and progressive environment.

“I would also like to thank the maintenance workers and contractors for their non-stop rush job to repair the burst pipe day and night.

“Such responsible attitude greatly served the community and allowed the affected residents to return to their normal lives quickly,” he commended.

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