Put safety first

Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing

KUCHING: The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has questioned contractors involved in the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway over the unsatisfactory conditions of the road.

In a media statement on Sunday (Oct 11), the Bintulu MP slammed contractors who should have been able to solve engineering and technical problems on the road safety guideline as they already pledged to adhere to the requirements.

“The issues that were raised in the previous meeting — particularly on road sections under construction without the necessary warning signs, safety lighting, pothole covers, and fixing conditions that ordinary vehicles cannot tolerate — have still not been addressed adequately even after a month.

“These conditions, if left unattended, could threaten the lives of many road users,” he explained.

In addition, Tiong also voiced out on daily complaints by road users.

“These two contractors must be aware of their responsibilities during the construction process, — meeting the minimal engineering safety standards and road users’ safety.

“Although the contractors have given their assurance that the road conditions have improved, many road users continued complaining and this shows that much needs to be improved.

“The contractors are supposed to make the targeted improvements and enhancement based on the actual situation on the ground,” he said.

Tiong further warned the contractors that JKR would take action against them for failing to meet the safety standards.

“Now that the deadline is approaching, these safety measures must be implemented without further delay.

“I seriously urge the contractors to strictly review all of the aforementioned oversights and lax in safety.”