Potholes kill, NGO takes Petaling Jaya City Council to task for death

A woman pillion rider died in hospital after falling down when the motorcyclist tried to avoid a pothole along Jalan PJS 8/12, Petaling Jaya, earlier this week. (Pic for illustration only)

PETALING JAYA: A road safety activist today said that local authorities should act fast to patch up potholes and repair uneven manholes to prevent deaths or injury.

Azlan Sani Zawawi, better known as Lando, said that local authorities such as the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), have the duty to ensure roads under their jurisdiction are safe for all motorists.

“Potholes are nothing new. As residents, we understand there are a lot of development projects under MBPJ. They should be prepared for potholes and bad roads as a result.

“But I don’t see MBPJ doing much in maintaining roads. The road patching is also shoddy,” he said.

Azlan, who leads Ikatan Silaturahim Brotherhood to voluntarily fix potholes and damaged roads around city centres, was commenting on a recent death caused by an uneven road.

It was reported that a man, who was riding on a motorcycle with his wife, lost control when he tried to avoid a hole on the road. This accident took place on Tuesday morning along Jalan PJS 8/12 here.

The wife died the next day after admission to the University Malaya Medical Centre.

Police are investigating the accident under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act for allegedly causing death by driving in a reckless manner.

Azlan said the state government and local authorities should take a serious view of such road-related deaths.

“We are risking our lives using the roads every day,” he added.

Azlan also said that the state government’s previous plan in urging the public to report potholes on Waze, a navigation phone app, had failed to solve the pothole problem.

He said despite reports made on Waze, the local authorities had failed to act on them.