Hornbill Unleashed

July 14, 2017

Ba Kelalan villagers threaten to block road

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

The people of Ba Kelalan have threatened to erect a blockade to prevent heavy vehicles from using the already dreadful road to the village to prevent it from getting any worse.

A transport operator from Ba Kelalan, Yanis Rauth said, they will erect the blockade near Long Semadoh Rayeh, to prevent the heavy vehicles from worsening the road condition.

“The road condition has been getting from bad to worse as it rains almost every day here in Ba Kelalan. But heavy laden 10-wheelers are still using our road. And yesterday, when one of them got stuck in the mud, we had a long queue as it was impossible for our vehicles to pass through,” Yanis told The Borneo Post here yesterday.

He also hoped that the relevant authorities especially the Public Works Department (PWD) will improve the road soonest possible.

“We have lost our patience as there seems to be nothing done by the government. So we will erect the blockade to stop the heavy vehicles from using our road,” said Yanis.

When contacted, Lawas MP Datuk Henry Sum Agong urged the relevant authorities to go to the ground to prevent the dispute from escalating.

“I would like to urge the relevant authorities to despatch their personnel to the ground to check on the grouses of the people and solve it with an amicable solution,” he urged.

Sum, who is also Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism said he was still in KL on official duties and would be back this weekend.

When contacted, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Transportation Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing said he would instruct the relevant authorities to go to the ground to prevent the people from taking the law into their own hands.

“This is a serious matter, so I do hope that both sides would restrain themselves from taking the law into their own hands,” he said.

The Deputy Chief Minister also urged owners of heavy vehicles to stop using the road as it is not meant for them.

“It is a road meant for smaller vehicles. And since the road is in such a dire condition, please don’t make matters worse,” he advised.

Masing reiterated that there is no point for the government to raise RM23 million to upgrade the road to R1 if the users do not adhere to the load limitations.

“We have laws and people must learn to obey the laws,” he said, adding that the enforcement authorities should follow his advice and check the matter on the ground immediately to prevent any untoward incidents from happening.

The Ba Kelalan Road was formerly a logging road but subsequently upgraded under the military’s ‘Jiwa Murni’ programme three years ago. However, the road had worsened soon after as there was no proper maintenance.

Source : The Borneo Post Online



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