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Guan Eng ‘thanks’ Gerakan for fixing pothole on federal road

 | September 13, 2017

CM says Gerakan members inadvertently repaired a federal road in an attempt to prove that state government was not doing its job.

lim-guan-eng-potholeGEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today thanked Gerakan for a pothole repair gimmick it had recently pulled without realising that the road in question was maintained by the federal government.

Speaking at a press conference, he referred to a report in Utusan Malaysia which had showed two Gerakan Youth leaders fixing a pothole on Jalan Air Itam near the Chung Ling School.

“They never realised that it is a federal-maintained road,” he said, adding that in that case, it was best that Gerakan fixed the pothole.

This was after Penang Gerakan had raised the issue of badly maintained roads in the state, both on the island and in Sebarang Perai.

Penang Gerakan Youth secretary Teo Yin Horng said the state agencies responsible had not been acting quickly enough to rectify the situation.

He listed Jalan Air Itam as one such road, along with Jalan Air Putih, Jalan Sungai Pinang, Jalan Yeap Chor Ee, Jalan Permai, Argyll Lane, Jalan Perusahaan Jelutong, Lengkok Bawah, Lengkok Dumbar, Cangkat Dumbar, Changkat Minden Road 1 and Hutton Lane.

Acknowledging that Penang’s roads were “not 100% perfect”, Lim said however that immediate action was taken whenever complaints were made or issues were spotted.

“Most of the work or problems are generally caused by utility companies, and they are definitely required to repair the roads as soon as possible.”

In Penang, he said, there are three types of roads: those maintained by the municipality, those maintained by the state government, and those maintained by the federal government.

Municipal roads are maintained by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP), while state and federal roads are maintained by the respective state and federal Public Works Departments.

“We can only repair state government roads. We cannot touch federal roads. This is something many do not understand.

“According to the law, we cannot touch federal roads, and as a state government that upholds the law, we have to follow the rule of law.

“But if there are problems with state roads, the state government is ready to take up the challenge. We also want to make sure that the state agencies do their work to shorten the reaction timeframe.

“I did not say there are no potholes at all, but we will react fast,” he said.

MBPP council secretary Yew Tung Seang said damaged roads under the council’s jurisdiction would be repaired within 24 hours of the first complaint call.

As for roads damaged by utility companies laying cables, he said, the council insisted that such roads be fixed within 24 hours as well.

“If they do not do it, the council will step in and fix them. We will then bill them the cost.”


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