Wednesday, December 30, 2020

82 Million Cases and Potholes on Malaysian Roads






Another hefty rise of one million infections – it’s now 82 million cases. 

Today’s post on “Pothole Dangers” refers. 

I read that Ketari assemblyperson Young Syefura Othman (right) had apparently offered to tumble over damaged roads in a bid to expedite road repairs. 

In a series of tweets, she bemoaned that the roads around Bukit Tinggi in Bentong district, Pahang as an example of paved routes that have fallen into disrepair for a prolonged period of time. She showed pictures of damaged drain covers on one road, and a tunnel covered with multiple potholes. Another photo depicted vegetation penetrating the drain cover from below. 

“The road in Bukit Tinggi is among those frequented by surrounding residents. Are they waiting for something bad to happen before springing into action? If that is the case, I’m willing to tumble over (“jatuh tergolek”) if immediate action can be taken afterwards”, she said, alluding to a minister’s escapade with a Banting pothole. 

The DAP assemblywoman added that she had tried to pressure JKR to make the repairs through many channels, including through official letters, WhatsApp, and meetings – but to no avail. 

That's unfortunately nothing new coming from the authorities. It is a very typical response – or should I say, non-response?! 

In fact, a study by a local university on causes of road accidents in Malaysia had shown that 11.25% of the total road traffic deaths are related to road defects. This does not include those maimed. Of these, about 49% are associated with lack of street lighting provision, while potholes contribute 15.4%. 

These statistics will undoubtedly relive the painful memories for families of victims – and we know they are mostly from the lower income category which depends on motorcycles and bicycles for commuting to work and/or school. 

Someone has to answer or pay for all the deaths and injuries caused by negligence, poor workmanship and even corruption that have caused accidents of this nature on our roads. 

Then again, this is Malaysia, where officialdom doesn’t care. Unless you hold the reins of power or you belong to the wealthy elite class. As with the privileged Khairy Jamaluddin.

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