VISITING.....Datuk Fadilah visiting the scene of the recent landslide at KM20 of the Penampang Tambunan Road.
By : NOVA RENATA
DATUK Fadillah Yusof had a busy schedule on his first visit to Kota Kinabalu as Federal Minister of Works yesterday. He paid a courtesy call on Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Hj. Aman and then Deputy Chief Minister / Minister of Infrastructure Development, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan before making a quick tour of some road projects.
He inspected the upgrading work on the KK-Papar Road at Petagas which is part of the Trans-Borneo Highway that will connect Sabah with Sarawak through Brunei. He then went to KM20 of the Penampang–Tambunan Road, scene of a recent landslide that disrupted traffic between Kota Kinabalu and the interior towns of Sabah.
Speaking to reporters who followed him to the landslide site he said that the landslide occurred because there was no ‘proper construction practice’ on the part of the Public Works Department, the concession contractors and developers in general.
He said that in the future, the Public Works Department has to form a team of qualified personnel who will be able to conduct risk assessments and lay down ground rules for good construction practices. He called for a standard construction procedure which will be part of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) that contractors and developers must strictly adhere to.
Apart from good work practices in general, he also advised contractors and developers to be mindful of good governance, calling it a 'social responsibility' to ensure good ethics in in construction works. He considered the hiring of skilled workers as part of good governance.
He warned contractors and developers that his Ministry would take legal action against those who carry out their works without concern for public safety.
Datuk Fadillah also said that his Ministry is considering upgrading more roads in Sabah by adding more carriageways to ease traffic flow. This road expansion project is necessary to meet the growing needs of road users in Sabah,“ he said. (Insight Sabah)