Help take care of river navigation markers, signs

Lee (centre) inspecting Piasau Bridge on Tuesday.

MIRI: Datuk Seri Lee Kim Shin is seeking cooperation, especially from riverine users, to take care of all river navigation markers and signs.

“In case of any damage, they should make a report at the nearest Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB) office,” said the Sarawak Transport Minister after inspecting the Piasau Bridge here on Tuesday (Oct 26).

“Piasau Bridge is one of the critical components providing connectivity and accessibility here.

“The bridge spans across Sungai Miri, linking Piasau to Pulau Melayu, and has a vertical clearance of 3m.

“Upstream, there are a few fishing villages, and the fishermen have to pass the bridge when they go out to sea.

“It is imperative that their trip out to sea and back home is made safe.”

Under Section 5(f) of the Sarawak Rivers Ordinance 1993, it is one of the obligations of SRB to provide necessary lights and signs for navigational safety.

“These signs have been installed on Piasau Bridge to make sure the safety of riverine users.”

Meanwhile, regarding the rubbish traps installed on the bridge and in Lutong, Lee disclosed that for the period of 11 months in 2020, 4,830kg of rubbish had been collected.

“This number showed a slight increase this year to 7,370kg compared to the same months until September.”