Bad work on rural road project draws flak from villagers

The atrocious condition of the Rh Pagah feeder road.

SIBU, April 20: Villagers in Sangan near Tatau are crying foul over the lackadaisical work on the Rumah (Rh) Pagah feeder road project.

They are calling upon the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to look into the project as it had not lived up to expectations even after the completion date.

According to the project’s billboard, it was supposed to be completed in September 2017 but the condition of the road is still dire.

The short gravel-covered section of the Rh Pagah feeder road with the project billboard on the right. The junction of the Rh Pagah feeder road which is under the contract is situated further down the road from the billboard.
The billboard bearing details of the project.

A villager from a longhouse along that road said that the feeder dirt road leading to Rh Pagah had already been in existence, made by logging company Hui Yong in the past.

After the logging stopped, DID was tasked to implement upgrading works on that road or at least place gravel over it.

“But so far only a small portion of the feeder road was done under the contract. Sadly no part of the feeder road was (layered with) gravel,” said the villagers’ representative who wanted to remain anonymous.

According to the billboard, the project under the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development was to be implemented by DID, with Accosun Sdn Bhd as the main contractor.

The villager said the billboard was cleverly put up on a small graveled section of the road.

An abandoned site where contractors used to park and store machinery and supplies for the project.
A broken Ministry of Rural and Regional Development signboard at the side of the feeder road.

The project was suppose to start on Dec 29, 2015 and be completed on Sept 2, 2017.

The project was officiated at by Selangau MP Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun who is also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department on Oct 14, 2016.

A police report was made by a group of affected villagers over the matter at the Tatau District Police Headquarters this afternoon. — DayakDaily