JOHOR BARU: Motorists are frustrated and furious over multiple huge potholes causing damages to their vehicles and posing danger to passers-by around the Taman Johor Jaya vicinity.
Storekeeper Sofian Abdullah, 25, who travels between Plentong and Johor Jaya on a daily basis for work, said that he had to endure at least six large potholes and uneven roads especially along Jalan Ros Merah Utama and Jalan Ros Merah 1/1.
“Almost every week I have to deal with punctured tyres, which has affected my punctuality and readiness for work.
“I have forked out between RM500 and RM600 for various repairs on my motorcycle in the past two years alone,” he told StarMetro when met here on June 24.
Mechanic Loo Jeen Lee, 34, said that many customers would blame the poor road conditions for damages to their vehicle’s suspension and tyre alignment.
“On several occasions, I have witnessed motorcyclist thrown off their bikes as they attempted to avoid the huge potholes,” he added.
Businessman Simon Lee, 50, who runs a housing development company, said that the issue could be prevented if the authorities efficiently conducted checks around the area.
“They should not procrastinate in repairing the roads, as the pothole will only worsen,” he said adding that his car rims was slightly dented due to the road conditions.
Meanwhile, Johor Jaya assemblyman Liow Cai Tung said that the potholes have been a longstanding problem to motorists, as the holes would resurface just months after patchworks are carried out.
“The worst part is that the potholes usually appeared at Jalan Ros Merah 1/1 and Jalan Ros Merah Utama, which are two of the three main roads used to exit the vicinity.
“The potholes are just a fatal accident waiting to happen,” she told reporters during a press conference here on June 24.
She said that Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) should find a long-term solution to this problem to ensure the safety of motorists.
When contacted, MBJB public relations officer Mohd Firdaus Abdul Hamid said that the council have been consistently conducting repair works around the area, but heavy vehicles utilising the roads caused the potholes to reappear.
“As a long term solution to the issue, we have been conducting major repair works including road milling around the vicinity on a yearly basis,” he added.