State-level road and river safety campaign launched

KAPIT: Transportation Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Jerip Susil yesterday launched the state-level road and river safety campaign at Kapit Express Wharf here.

He was representing Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing who is also Infrastructure Development and Transportation Minister.

Held in conjunction with the Gawai Dayak festive celebration, the campaign was to drive the message across to all road and river users on safety measures and procedures.

It was jointly organised by the Kapit Resident’s Office in collaboration with Kapit Road Safety Council and various government departments and agencies here.

Dr Jerip said the campaign emphasised on road and river safety in view of the increase in traffic during the coming festive season.

Joseph (third left) presents a souvenir of a ‘parang ilang’ to Dr Jerip witnessed by the other guests.

“We hope that our drivers especially those motorcyclists would be very wary and concerned about safety.

“So we call upon all those on the road during this festive season to drive very carefully and to make sure that they have inspected their vehicles before going on long journeys,” he said.

Dr Jerip said the Sarawak Rivers Board would be monitoring those using the express boats to ensure safety, as well as no overload of passengers.

Commenting on the improvement of the alternative road (logging and palm oil road) from Nanga Ngungun, Kanowit to Song, Dr Jerip told that the State Cabinet had approved a budget to improve the road at the ‘jalan ladang’ (palm oil road) to ensure that it will be maintained properly and is safe for motor vehicles to pass through.

Also present at the launch of the campaign were state director of Road Safety Council Christopher Alex Boniface and Kapit Resident Joseph Belayong Punan.