By John Isaac
KUCHING South City Council (MBKS) has been urged to look into the quality of road repairs at Kampung Cemerlang.
“Upon visiting the site, we noticed that some of the streets in the residential areas are due for maintenance. The repair work was also not done correctly and rendered the roads unusable.
“The repairs were mere ‘a patch to the hole’, which is only suitable for aesthetics,” said Julian Tan, the special assistant to state DAP chairman, Chong Chieng Jen.
When heavy vehicles such as rubbish trucks go over the ‘patches’, the damage is almost immediate as the ‘patch’ gives way and sinks.
There are many ‘give away patches’ at Kampung Cemerlang and most of the residents avoid driving through such a section, especially those driving heavy vehicles.
Julian said proper maintenance of the road is vital for the safety of road users and it is also economically viable to do it once correctly than the constantly ‘patch again’.
The city council may also need to revisit the guidelines for it to be relevant and in line with the latest available tooling and more cost-effective and efficient methods.
“It is not a coincidence that poorly done repair works are typical in the city and a nuisance. It causes not just a great inconvenience to the public but also poses a danger,” he added.