Ensure public facilities, like govt clinics, are structurally safe and sound

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 15 Jul 2020

The cracked ground outside Long Lama government clinic in Baram.

THE serious infrastructural damage to the Long Lama government clinic in Ulu Baram district in northern Sarawak has surprised many, including politicians.

The manner in which the building on the hilltop cracked after its foundations started sinking was just too much to handle.

“Initially the locals thought it was caused by an earthquake,” said Telang Usan state assemblyman Dennis Ngau.

“They were shocked to find out the damage was due to soil movement under the clinic due to a construction project nearby.

“The ground became unstable, leading to cracks and sank. The heavy rain worsened the situation,” he said.

The clinic was built in 2013 at a cost of RM30mil under a government programme for rural health care in Baram, which has a population of 40,000.

Government-funded development projects for the community must be completed on time and in accordance with rules and regulations.

Quality work must be priority and any shortcomings should affect the Key Performance Index (KPI) of the assemblyman for the area.

The assemblyman must work closely with the various implementing agencies such as the Public Works Department, local councils, Land and Survey Department, Drainage and Irrigation Department and public utilities providers to ensure projects are carried out as specified and with safety in mind.

It is essential that ground inspections are done more regularly at project sites to keep tabs on contractors.

What happened at Long Lama clinic should be a lesson to all stakeholders.

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