Monday, 27 August 2018, Kuching: More than 40 participants from LBU, Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Transportation (MIDT, State Public Works Department (JKRS) and consultants attend a one-day showcase on “Traffic Sign Specifications” presented by 3M Malaysia Sdn Bhd here today.
The showcase, led by 3M Malaysia’s Senior Application Engineer for Road Infrastructure Ir. Muhamad Syakir Mahi Dir, introduced the participants to its wide range of traffic sign products ranging from reflective sign sheeting, pavement markings to work zone signs and markings among others.
3M Malaysia is the subsidiary of 3M Company, USA which was founded 116 years ago and prides itself as a global science company that never stops inventing.
It has some 46 technology platforms, annual sales in excess of USD 31 billion, and has invented many well-known products and pioneered several technology platforms.
Possibly the most well-known 3M product to most of people is its ‘Post-It’ Note!
LBU Head of Maintenance and Operations Azmee Nin in his opening remarks said road signages are important in providing direction and important information to road users to avoid confusion.
“Building a road is not as simple as just building infrastructure. To have a good road system, we must also provide road-users with proper road signages and other road furniture.
“Road signages provide direction and important information. Without good direction, confusion and chaos can happen, causing deadlock at junctions, even to the extent of causing accidents as road-users are not properly guided,” he said.
The on-going construction of Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak, he further said, had placed great emphasis in ensuring that it is safe, comfortable and efficient as the only highway that would provide a seamless road travel in the state.
“It is for this reason that we need to have proper road signages as a preventive and safety measure, in order to have a smooth driving experience for road users as well as to avoid any accidents.
“With progress of construction of the Highway at about 30%, hearing from 3M on traffic signage is timely for our planning,” he said.
Azmee stressed that while designing to have the correct and best traffic signs for the Pan Borneo Highway is one thing, maintaining these signs is another equally important initiative that must be carried out religiously to ensure its effectiveness for road-users.
“Poorly maintained traffic signages or poor quality ones will lead to us incur extra cost in the future as we need to replace the damaged signages with limited asset lifespan. Penny-wise, pound foolish. That’s what we want to avoid.
“That is why we, as designers and builders of the Highway, must be well informed on the quality of these road signages before we engage with any suppliers.
We must ensure that the quality and standard of the road signages that we procure are of the correct specification and of course, quality,” he said.