Half-demolished pre-war shophouses surrounded by clogged drains


RESIDENTS of Kampung Kepayang were relieved to see the clogged drains around the pre-war shophouses along the main road being cleaned after the continuous rain last week.

However to their surprise, the shoddy job carried out by those manning the excavators did not resolve the problem but instead made it worse.

Resident Balindrar Singh, 53, who is an insurance retail financial service provider, said workers, believed to be from the Public Works Department chose the easy way to clear the rubbish – by pushing it further into the culvert.

Therefore, he said, water could not flow out properly, flooding the area in front of the shophouses.

“The stagnant water has become a perfect place for mosquitoes to breed as well.

Poor maintenance: Drains in Kampung Kepayang are stagnated with water. Residents think this is caused by workers’ shoddy job..
Poor maintenance: Drains in Kampung Kepayang are stagnated with water. Residents think this is caused by workers’ shoddy job.
 

“The area has become really muddy, and it is also dangerous for pedestrians to walk along the road now,” said Balindrar who owns a pre-war shophouse there.

He also said some of the pre-war shophouses were not totally demolished, where pillars could still be seen standing.

He claimed that workers who brought down the buildings had taken along with them the wood that was old but had quality and could fetch a good price.

“Why leave the pillars standing? Work should be carried out properly, as these pillars pose a danger,” he added.

Some of the 18 pre-war houses were demolished in June last year, while some still standing strong.

The Batu Gajah District Council demolished the buildings, said to have existed since 1880s, due to their sorry state.

Located 13km south of Ipoh, the shophouses are noted for their unique architecture.

In stark contrast to its heyday, Kampung Kepayang, which was a former tin-mining town, has been reduced to a ghost town following the drop in demand for the commodity.

The demolition was carried out to expand the federal route, which runs in between the two rows of shophouses located between Simpang Pulai and Gopeng.

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