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Good, straight roads are not race tracks, warns Masing
Posted on : 21 Apr 2017  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Good, straight roads are not race tracks, warns Masing

April 21, 2017, Friday Peter Sibon,

A section of Silirik road which has been regularly used by youths to race.

KUCHING: Improved road conditions in Kapit is posing a dilemma to the authorities as it encourages youths to use the roads as racing tracks.

According to Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, five young people have died on Kapit roads due to their recklessness in the last two months.

“My advice to the young people in Kapit is to stop being reckless on the road or I will stop improving the roads there,” Masing warned when he officiated at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) course in Kapit yesterday.

Masing, who is also Minister of Infrastructure Development and Transportation, warned the people of Kapit that he would have second thoughts in getting better roads for the division if parents continue to ignore his advice.

“My ministry has improved the quality of the roads in Kapit. We have resurfaced the roads, filled the various pot holes and made good ditches. The whole stretch of Silirek road for instance, is now smooth, straight and free of obstacles. Ordinary road users appreciate it.

“But a section of the (Silirek) road is the most dangerous in Kapit as young speedsters on motorcycles are using this stretch as their racing track. This has resulted in fatal road accidents.

“In the last two months, five young people died on this section. All fatalities are under 18. So, I really hope that parents will discipline their children, to stop the act.

“There are other roads in Sarawak beside Kapit, which need improvement. I don’t want to be responsible for encouraging reckless and irresponsible road users. I hope everybody will cooperate to make our roads in Kapit safe,” he said.

Meanwhile, Masing who is also Baleh assemblyman, said the government’s comprehensive infrastructure development plan to develop Kapit, which includes the Tunoh new township and the Baleh hydroelectric power dam, would ensure that the division would be transformed in the next 15 years.