Widespread theft and vandalism of road signage and traffic signals create hazards along Bau road stretch

Vandalised traffic signs. Photo credit: Unit Lebuhraya Pan Borneo JKR Sarawak Facebook page

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KUCHING, Dec 1: Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak’s Pan Borneo Highway Unit has lodged two police reports on vandalism and missing traffic equipment and signages including 60 blinkers and solar lights from the Bau section stretch where construction is still ongoing.

In a statement posted on social media on Nov 29, the Pan Borneo Highway Unit said that the reports were lodged by its traffic team on behalf of the contractors involved in the construction of the Bau WPC02 Section package.

“The traffic equipment and signages were installed on site to guide traffic flow as construction is still actively being carried out,” the statement read.

Construction is ongoing along the Bau stretch of the Pan Borneo Highway. Photo credit: Unit Lebuhraya Pan Borneo JKR Sarawak Facebook page

In the first police report, the unit said that the contractors found that the solar lights and iron poles installed to illuminate the detour route along the Bau-Batu Kawah (CH 79+000) stretch have gone missing.

The second police report concerned 60 missing blinkers (direction indicator lights) and 17 missing metal signages to provide temporary traffic instruction and guidance to road users coming from Kampung Sibuluh Bau (CH75 + 000) until Batang Kayan Hulu (CH48 + 000).

The unit warned the irresponsible parties not to vandalise or take away traffic equipment and signages installed on site as their removal could put road users at risk as they do not have critical information needed to drive safely.

“Any party who witnesses any act of vandalism or such theft crimes involving the unauthorised taking of traffic property provided for the safety of road users are urged to report the misconduct to the authorities,” it called on. — DayakDaily