Concern over move to stop cutting grass along Sarawak federal roads

Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong

By Emma Victoria

WORKS Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof has been urged to resolve the issue of halting periodic grass-cutting services for federal roads from October to December.

Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong said it has affected 730km of federal roads in Sarawak.

“The halting of grass-cutting services had started since the beginning of October which resulted in many public complaints,” she said in a statement today.

“The uncut grass was an eyesore to the public, especially road users,” she said.

The affected areas included Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Kalong Ningkan, Jalan Datuk Tawi Sli Road, Jalan Bandar Mustapha, Jalan Batu Kawah and Jalan Kuching-Serian, which are roads classified as federal roads within Kuching area.

“One can imagine what would happen if the grass is not cut for the next three months?

“Our federal roads will definitely turn into jungle-like roads,” she lamented.

Yong said she was made to understand the present government was trying to make some savings by stopping the grass-cutting services along the federal roads.

“But, this is an unwise move, especially if the method adopted is done through compromising public wellbeing,” she said

“The grass-cutting service must be continuous and should not be stopped as overgrown grass could also endanger the lives of road users,” she stressed.