AS RAPID development takes shape in Rawang, villagers in Kampung Sungai Dua, Kampung Benggali and Kampung Jodhi have been left behind, especially when it comes to infrastructure.
Kampung Sungai Dua Village Community, Security and Development Committee (JKKKP) chairman Sivanyanam MN said the roads there did not have proper streetlights and drainage, flash floods were a common occurrence, and and there were still gravel roads in the villages.
“Villagers are worried that they would be left behind and hope that proper infrastructure will be built to keep up with the changing times as Rawang is growing.
“These three villages are not even located on Google Maps.
“Our homes only have lot numbers without road names and rely on Jalan Batu Arang as reference. We hope that with proper infrastructure, the area would be better developed and have a security post,” said Sivayanam, who had a meeting with Selayang MCA organising secretary Felix Wan Tai Tong, who is also Gombak District Village Development officer.
Also present at the meeting were Selayang MIC chairman M.B Raja, his deputy Datuk Seri A. Balakrishnan and the villagers at the Independent Living and Training Centre (ILTC) Malaysia in Kampung Sungai Dua, Rawang.
Balakrishnan said since the village was set up in 2004, there was no main road from Jalan Batu Arang to Kampung Sungai Dua as the existing one was illegal.
“A proposal was made to the Federal Government to legalise the new road and it has already been approved. The Public Works Department told me that roadworks would begin soon,” Balakrishnan said.
Meanwhile, Wan went around the villages with Raja to look at the infrastructure throughout the village and agreed to propose that proper drainage, streetlights and roads be repaired under the Federal Government allocation.
“People here in the village need these basic amenities so they can live in harmony like the rest of the people in Rawang.
“I will do my best to ensure that these villagers’ needs are looked into immediately,” he said.
Raja said accidents occurred daily along Jalan Batu Arang, at the junction turning into Kampung Sungai Dua.
Some accidents were fatal and since the illegal road turning is dangerous, residents felt an alternative road was the best solution.