Sarawak road designs to be reviewed after collapse

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  • Tuesday, 26 Feb 2019

KUCHING: The design of roads in Sarawak will be reviewed following the collapse of a section of the Pak­an-Entabai road in Sarikei division.

The state could not treat the matter lightly as “hujan mari, tanah lari” (the rain comes, the earth goes), said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing (pic).

“The Pakan road could have collapsed on Sunday because of poor design, as well as unexpected heavy rain over the past few days.

“Whatever it is, we have to look at infrastructure carefully and the engineers will have to review any flaws 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 Sarawak branch here yesterday.

Masing, who is Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister, said road design must be done properly, adding: “This will not be swept under the carpet. We must make sure it does not happen again.”

Meanwhile, Abang Johari said the state government would set up a revolving fund to cover the initial costs of state projects such as consultancy fees and studies.

He said the fund, to be handled by the state Public Works Depart­ment, would allow the initial costs to be paid without waiting for the project to start.

“The advance paid from the revolving fund will be deducted from the project cost,” he added.

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