Accident-prone Jalan Stutong BDC’s resurfacing works delayed due to MCO, awaiting green light from SDMC

Wee explaining that the delay of resurfacing works at some stretches of Jalan Stutong BDC was due to MCO.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, June 19: The resurfacing works of accident-prone Jalan Stutong BDC near the new Kuching Specialist Hospital (KPJ) have been delayed due to Movement Control Order, but a letter has been submitted to the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) for approval of the construction.

Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng, in stating this, emphasised that the contract was already awarded on May 28 but the construction works were halted as it was not permitted during the MCO.

He said following his personal visit to the area with the Public Works Department (JKR) officers previously, a report was produced listing all short, medium and long-term measures to reduce the risk of road accidents at that stretch of the road.

“If you all remember, I went to the area with JKR to identify the problems and there was a report following the site inspection.

“On May 28, the contract was awarded but due to MCO, the construction works could not be carried out.

“So now, the only thing we (MBKS) can do is that we have submitted a letter to SDMC on the 17th. Once it is approved, we will start with the construction immediately,” he said during his 65th “ShallWeeTalk” Facebook live session today.

He was responding to a recent appeal to MBKS that the authority has not taken any action to improve the road despite the many accidents happening there.

Wee also said if their request to start construction was not approved, the contractors would begin immediately after June 28 when the MCO ends. — DayakDaily