Trespassers of uncompleted highway projects will face action, says JKR

KUALA LUMPUR: Members of the public are prohibited from trespassing into the Kota Bharu-Kuala Krai Highway Project area (Package 2B: Ketereh to Kok Lanas) on the Central Spine Road, warns the Public Works Department (JKR).

In a statement on Friday (June 14), the department said the area was categorised as a construction site and people were prohibited from entering it.

"The existing contract of this project has been terminated and is in the process of re-tendering. Control measures after the termination of the contract are in place, including the installation of warning signs and concrete barriers to prevent access to and from the construction site," the statement read.

The statement was issued in response to a newspaper article titled 'Uncompleted Highway Turns Illegal Circuit', published on June 11, which reported that the area has become the focus of several 'rempit mats' as a motorcycle racing circuit for the past two months.

The article also reported that over the years, the highway has become the focus of 'mat rempit', and several accidents had occurred, with the latest in the evening of June 10 when a 17-year-old boy died after being involved in a three-motorcycle accident on Jalan Jerus-Kok Lanas in Banggol Saman, Pasir Puteh, which was the first fatality in the area.

According to JKR, it would always ensure that warning signs and concrete barriers are in good condition at the site.

"A police report has also been made to request the cooperation of the authorities to patrol the location regularly. All parties are advised to comply with the warning signs and instructions of the authorities," the statement said. – Bernama

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