IPOH – A special committee will be formed to ensure highways leading to Cameron Highlands through Perak and Pahang are safe, said Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.
He said the safety of the Tapah-Cameron Highlands and Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands roads raised by the state government received early response from the federal government which agreed in principle to set up the committee.
“This is to ensure that the slopes along the highways are monitored to avoid the possibility of landslides occurring especially during heavy rain,” he told reporters after attending the monthly gathering of civil servants at the Dataran Bangunan Perak Darul Ridzuan, here today.
He said the federal government, specially the National Security Council (MKN), had also given Perak the assurance that immediate action would be taken if soil erosion and landslides occurred along the highways.
He said the state government was convinced the current situation at the Tapah route heading to the highlands required quick action from the MKN.
“The Tapah route is one of the earliest highways and since colonial days, the only road from Perak to Cameron Highlands. There is now another road, the Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands highway, which is an alternative route. Both connect Perak to the area,” he said.
Last Saturday, the Tapah-Cameron Highlands road was closed from 9.25 p.m and later opened only to smaller vehicles at 4.20 p.m. yesterday when several locations along it were hit by landslides.
Since then, some of the locations had been cleaned up from the effects of the landslides while works to repair the structure of the road were still being carried out.
In his speech at the gathering, Zambry reminded civil servants of four priorities – achievement, delivery system, speed and implementation, as well as enforcement.
He said all these aspects would help the administration of Perak and makeÂ implementation of government initiatives in developing Perak more effective. – BERNAMA