The government says that there are plans to build wildlife crossings on the East Coast Expressway 2 (LPT2), the move being to provide safe crossings for wild animals such as tigers, elephants and tapirs. Recently, several road accidents have been reported along the route, which resulted in the death of several wildlife animals, including a tiger and a tapir.

According to deputy public works minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, the proposed crossings are in response to recent accident cases involving wild animals and livestock that strayed onto the highway, The Star reports. “A meeting was held with the Wildlife and National Parks Department on February 16, and it was agreed to improve the highway by opening underpass animal crossings. Suitable locations for the crossings are being identified,” she said.

“Between February 1 last year and February 29 this year, there were a total of 133 accidents involving wild animals and livestock which resulted in fatalities. This number represents 12% out of the 1,094 accidents along the highway,” she added.

Despite steps taken by the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) to fence the areas off, she said there had been cases where the fencing was damaged or cut by locals living beside the expressway. “Some of the locals cut the fencing to create illegal access to the highway,” she said, adding that measures are being taken to improve monitoring of the highway, including the building of barbed-wire fencing and installation of closed-circuit television cameras at high-risk areas.

In February, it was reported that a detailed study to build wildlife crossings was being carried out by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) and the LLM. The Terengganu state government said it welcomed the suggestion put forth by the Works Ministry to build Skyway routes in several locations along the LPT2.