KUCHING: The government should give priority to the upgrading works of the Serian-Betong-Sarikei stretch of roads, which are among the most dangerous on the Pan Borneo Highway.
Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How said the government should not delay the upgrading works any longer because there were too many fatal accidents on that stretch.
“The government should give priority to upgrading the Serian-Betong-Sarikei stretch which is the more important one because it is very narrow and the traffic there is the heaviest in this section,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.
“The government should use the ‘black spots’ as the determining factor to see which part of road they should upgrade immediately to solve the high number of fatalities due to accidents,” said See, who is state PKR vice-chairman.
See laments that instead of giving priority to the the Serian-Betong-Sarikei stretch, the government had decided to give priority to upgrading Bintulu-Kemena-Miri and Selangau-Bintulu roads to serve the interests of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) investors.
Meanwhile, See rebutted Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof’s statement in blaming drivers for road accidents on the Pan Borneo Highway, stating that the Petra Jaya MP has no basis in making the claim because most of the accidents there were due to the road condition.
He said Fadillah could only make such a claim if the stretch still registers high accident fatalities after the upgrading work.
See said instead of delivering the much awaited dual-carriageway at Pan Borneo Highway to Sarawakians, Fadillah is trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes.
“He is not talking about the federal government trying to deliver the dual-carriageway at Pan Borneo Highway anymore but other things.”
He said although Fadillah is a federal minister, he should not forget that he is a Sarawakian. He added that Fadillah has to show the difference by putting his priority on the upgrading the Pan Borneo Highway into a dual-carriageway first.
“Don’t continue the same way as past federal works ministers who had neglected Sarawak. If he is like that, then what is the difference between him and the others?”- theborneopost