I HAVE observed for some time that the Malaysian public are given a raw deal when it comes to public safety and convenience, in respect of the many roadworks being carried out in various parts of the Klang Valley.
The people who should be held responsible are the contractors hired for the roadworks.
If we look around Klang Valley today, we see that many roadworks are being carried out by contractors without showing much concern for the safety of road users.
The barricades are not lit up at night, and during a downpour, especially during the wet season, driving can be risky.
There are inadequate signs or signals to alert motorists of the possible hazards when driving along roads where construction work is going on.
There are also the contractors digging roads for utility companies, who are very shoddy in their temporary reinstatement works.
To begin with, when roadworks commence, the contractor’s workers tend to occupy as much space of the road as possible.
The work site is untidy and very often warning lights are not installed at night at the worksite.
During the rainy season, these worksites pose a danger to the public and accidents have occurred because of the lack of safety measures to warn motorists of the work in progress.
What is most regrettable is when after the cabling work has been completed, the temporary reinstatement is very poorly done, giving rise to potholes and bumpy rides.
While I appreciate the fact that pipe and cabling works have to be done by the relevant companies to provide services to their customers and the public, what must not be overlooked is the responsibility of their contractors to practise good safety and health standards at their worksites in the interest of public safety and health.
The time has come for all local authorities to tighten procedures to ensure that all roadworks by contractors must be closely monitored and that their worksites are clean, orderly and do not pose any danger to the public, so that public safety will not be compromised.
TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE