KUCHING: State DAP is demanding answers from the relevant authorities over the delays of the construction of four flyovers in areas under Padawan Municipal Council (MPP).
In a press statement yesterday, Dr Kelvin Yii, special assistant to state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, said serious questions have to be answered by the different relevant authorities about the continuous delays in the construction of the proposed flyovers.
The delays have not only caused inconvenience to members of the public due to traffic congestion, but ballooning cost due to penalties in delaying in the completion of the projects.
He said it was in May 16, 2017 that Batu Kitang Assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang who is also MPP chairman claimed that 4 flyovers costing about RM200 million will be built in the Padawan Municipal Council area this year.
These 4 flyovers are to be located at Mile 4 (Near SJK(c) Chung Hua 4 1/2 mile, Mile 6 (Near Kuching Sentral), Mile 7 and Mile 9 of the Kuching-Serian Road as part of the RM16 billion Pan Borneo Highway project.
“Lo further promised that all these projects will be completed in 2020 as the soil study for these projects had been carried out long ago, and that each project will commence this year, specifically in June for the Mile 4 and Mile 6 projects, while Mile 7 and Mile 9 project will commence in August of this year.”
“However it is already October now, and construction works on these flyovers are yet to be seen. Is this another case of election candy and empty promises being dished out by BN government in view of the upcoming General Election?”
“The delays will not only prolongs the suffering of the public due to traffic congestion, questions also needed to be asked as who will pay the additional cost caused by penalty for the delays as well as increasing cost of the building materials?”
“Will the public made to pay more for the inefficiency of the government?” asked Dr Yii.
He said the delays also raised the issue whether such delays have been due to federal government’s decreasing coffers and as a result, what was promised could not be materialised.
“In 2017 budget, Prime Minister Najib Razak had promised an allocation of RM16 billion for the Pan Borneo project. However, how much actually reached the contractors who are supposedly the ones carry out these projects?”
“We are approaching the announcement of 2018 budget, and many are expecting an election-friendly budget.”
“Let us not be swayed by promises by a government that has continuously failed to deliver where we have often been made to pay for their negligence, corruption and bad governance,” said Dr Yii.