Inspect Unsafe Pan Borneo Road Project In Tebobon Instead Of Denying, Warisan tells Bung

KOTA KINABALU : Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin needs to seriously listen to the people’s constant complaints over the ongoing Pan Borneo road construction work in Tebobon because it is unsafe for road users.

Despite his assertion that it is safe many are insisting that the 12-kilometre stretch of road spanning from Petronas Tebobon to the Berungis roundabout is in fact treacherous.

Known as the Pan Borneo Highway Work Package it involves constructing a new highway to connect the existing roads where thousands of road users commute daily, whereas most other work packages involve building new roads in unpopulated areas cutting through forests and plantations.

Warisan Sepanggar Chinese Community Advisor, Vincent Liew Majadil said Bung and his officials needed to make a visit to inspect where improvements can be made for the safety and well-being of the road users.

“Please come to the ground and see for yourselves. Ask the business operators along the particular route in Taman Fulliwa, Kampung Padas, Bandar Sierra, Taman Putera Jaya, Taman Putera Perdana, KKIP, Telipok Town, Taman Telipok Ria, Taman Sri Rugading, Metro Giling and others.

“Many are suffering, even some of the hard working Indian Muslim restaurants are closed. Their business downturn started as early as 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The relevant authorities need to urgently look into this matter to alleviate the people’s burden,” Vincent asserted.

“The crux of the issue is improper planning by the relevant authorities.

“We demand to know the exact completion date of this project and steps taken to ensure it is being completed on schedule.

“We want the road access problem to be addressed immediately for the safety of road users, pedestrian and workers,” he stressed.

Vincent said the particular stretch of road needed proper management to ensure minimal disturbance to the residents in the area and other road users.

“Looking at the complexity of this particular work package, more resources are needed to ensure smooth traffic flow, unlike what it is now,” Vincent said in a statement released here today.

“Since Bung contended that our previous claims were false and confusing, we urge him and the authorities concerned to come out with an explanation instead of merely making denials.

“We received complaints from residents in the area that their livelihood and businesses are suffering.

“The temporary U-turn is not helping. Most road access are closed and there are only a few road access for temporary use,” said Vincent.

According to him, parents sending their children to SMK Pekan Telipok from Taman Putera Perdana have to spend an extra hour on the road due to traffic congestion as compared to between 10 to 15 minutes previously.

Pedestrians, school children and public transport users sometimes risk their lives by climbing over the road barrier to get to the other side as sometimes there are no alternatives close by.

The extra distance coupled with heavy traffic makes life difficult for workers, e-hailing drivers and food delivery riders who have to spend more on fuel to travel extra miles.