Here is an example of what’s possible when a community feels empowered. They can even build bridges – like this new suspension bridge for an Orang Asli community in Sungai Siput to replace the old rickety one.
There are several things we can learn from this suspension bridge project:
- We (and that includes MPs and state assembly members) can do things without having to wait for government funds, which for political or other reasons, we may not be assured of getting. In this case, the MP working behind the scenes was Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj.
- Small is Beautiful! A project may be small in value but it can generate benefits for an entire community. This is money well spent – and there’s no toll either!
- Infrastructure that is sustainable and beneficial for the people can actually blend with the natural environment.
- When a community takes ownership of a project, participates in decision-making and understands that the project is for the common good of all, opportunities for corruption or cronyism and ‘leakages’ can be reduced or eliminated altogether.
To find out how they built the bridge, have a look at the Ipoh Echo here.