Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman stressed that roadwork contractors must ensure that roads in Sabah are properly built, well preserved and managed.
Speaking at the launching of the Road Day Convention in Kota Kinabalu today, Musa stressed the importance of roads as a catalyst to economic development in Sabah, which is the second largest state on Malaysia.
He urged road-building contractors to comply with the specifications in their contracts to ensure work quality.
“The government will not tolerate the use of low quality construction materials as well as road maintenance that does not meet the set standards,
“We are all road users. Therefore we shoulder the responsibility to ensure that the road network in Sabah is always safe, of high quality, and in good physical condition,” he said.
Musa also stressed that infrastructure development must take into consideration ecological aspects in order to ensure that negative effects to the environment can be avoided.
“I urge the Works Department (JKR) to factor sustainability and environmental friendly aspects into the building of roads,” Musa said.
According to Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Infrastructure Development Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan, 49 percent of Sabah’s 21, 136 km-long roads are tarred.
“All main towns and districts in Sabah are connected with tar roads,” Pairin said in his speech at the event.
However, he said his Ministry is aware that there are still many more areas that are only connected by gravel roads.
He said that his Ministry has put in place a program to seal gravel roads in Sabah in stages.