KUCHING: The design of roads in Sarawak, especially in rural areas, will be reviewed to ensure they do not collapse in future, says Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing.
He said this would be done in the wake of an incident on Sunday (Feb 24) when a section of the Pakan-Entabai road in the Sarikei division collapsed after prolonged rain over the past few days.
"Part of (the reason for the collapse) could be poor design and partly unexpected heavy rain.
"Whatever it is, we have to look at the infrastructure very carefully and engineers will have to look at it again to see what went wrong in the design," he told reporters after attending a dialogue between Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM) Sarawak branch here Monday (Feb 25).
Masing, who is state Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister, said the Pakan incident should not be blamed on "hujan mari, tanah lari (the rain comes, the earth goes)".
"It's a question of design that needs to be done properly. I think the engineers in Sarawak and Malaysia must look at this very seriously because it could cause a fatal accident," he said.
He added that as the minister in charge, he would make sure that repairs to the Pakan-Entabai road would be done properly.
"I will not sweep it under the carpet. We must make sure it will not happen too often – it should not happen at all actually," he said.