Citizen journalist Jimmy Leow reports on an abandoned highway project in Balik Pulau (from Teluk Kumbar to Pekan Genting) which many of us may not even be aware of.
The signboard clearly says it is a “Projek Kerajaan Barisan Nasional” undertaken for the Works Ministry, directed by the JKR, contracted out to a private firm. It was supposed to have been completed by September 2008.
Blog reader mamu_tanjung reports:
The project has been abandoned for more than two years. I know – I live close by and travel to Balik Pulau almost every Saturday morning for my regular Kari Kepala Ikan at the Restoran Peladang. The last I heard this federally-funded project has gone “bankrupt”.
I don’t think Dr Hilmy, the ex-MP for Balik Pulau, cares to see through its completion now that Yusmadi from PKR is the MP. (Yusmadi – where are you by the way and what is the status of this project?! )
The Bayan Lepas/Tlk Kumbar road jam is horrible – two to three kilometres long at its peak to and fro. The stretch is in critical need of an expansion and a flyover across the Bayan Lepas pekan.
This is where the money should have been spent given the traffic volume differentials: high-volume Bayan Lepas/Tlk Kumbar vs low-volume Tlk Kumbar/Genting/Balik Pulau. Yet the money (RM58 million if I remember correctly) went to the low-volume Tlk Kumbar/Genting/Balik Pulau road. Baffling, is it not?
But then again : Bee End, what is there to be baffled?
Citizen journalist Lilian responds:
We, the CJs including Jimmy who took the video, had met up with MP Yusmadi. MP Yusmadi has brought up this issue in Parliament and he told us he had urged Pak Lah to take this as a priority. Lives are at stake because of the bad road, Balik Pulau folks are suffering due to the longer travel time as there are so many traffic lights and flag bearers. We are trying to get an appointment with BN Adun Farid and have forwarded the issue to CM Lim Guan Eng.
If anyone really cares….please ask JKR for the status report. We are unable to do that because we CJs are merely working people and we do not have time off during working hours to travel to Balik Pulau to wait for JKR cooperation. If anyone of you is from Balik Pulau, please do try to follow up because these are all our issues.
Blog reader Juan Taman adds:
It is interesting to know that Penang has money to waste building a road leading to nowhere and Johor is waiting for the crooked bridge to be completed. Whereas in other parts of Malaysia (East Malaysia) rural folks are yearning for clean water supply and electricity which are their basic needs for modern living.
What an irony within a nation after 50 years of independence!