ALOR GAJAH: The Malaysian Government will continue to promote the use of rubber in road construction to support the growth of the industry.
Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said the use of natural rubber together with asphalt for road construction was a good move.
“The decline in rubber prices in the world market saw a consensus in the industry to diversify and increase the use of rubber in other sectors.
“This is consistent with the call to increase natural domestic (rubber) consumption by up to 10% annually,” he said in his speech at the opening of an international seminar on the use of rubber in roads.
His speech was delivered by Deputy Works Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin.
Fadillah said natural rubber combined with asphalt would produce better quality roads.
He said current conventional asphalt paved roads faced limitations such as temperature changes and traffic loading.
Meanwhile, Rosnah said there were three pioneer projects on using rubber in roads in Tampin (Negri Sembilan); Baling (Kedah) and Temerloh (Pahang), with similar projects planned in Kelantan and Segamat (Johor).
“It (rubber asphalt paving) is more costly compared to conventional road paving, but the maintenance cost is less.
“We are conducting a study especially in terms of the cost and safety and it is expected to be completed by year-end,” she said. — Bernama