RESIDENTS at Kampung Pasir Pinji are demanding that speed bumps and traffic mirrors be built at all cross junctions in the area.
Having seen many people and family members killed in accidents there, the residents say they are sick and tired of the accidents that occur regularly at the many cross junctions in the area.
During a protest at the Jalan Raja Muda-Jalan Sultan cross junction last Friday, the residents urged the Ipoh City Council to take immediate action to prevent any more accidents.
Contractor Wong Poh Sang, 45, said his 75-year-old father was killed near the Jalan Raja Muda-Jalan Sultan cross junction on March 11.
“He was sending his 12-year-old grandson to a tuition class during the incident.
“A car that was speeding on Jalan Raja Muda knocked him down,” Wong said.
“He died while being treated at the hospital. Fortunately, his grandson escaped with cuts and bruises,” he added.
Wong said the residents in the area have asked for speed bumps and traffic mirrors to be built for a long time.
“There are at least two accidents, big or small, almost every week.
“We made our request for the speed bumps and traffic mirrors to the state assemblyman in 2015,” he said.
“The speed bumps will prevent motorists from speeding while the mirrors allow motorists to have a better view, especially at junctions whereby unkempt undergrowth blocks their view,” he added.
Trader Tan Hoong Weng, 66, said he almost fell victim to an accident near the Jalan Raja Muda-Jalan Sultan cross junction.
“In fact, I am at risk on a daily basis because I live around here and always use this road,” he said, adding that he has lived in the area since he was a child.
Tan said, in 2011 his older brother was among the many accident victims near the junction.
“He was walking back from the market and was knocked down by a car.
“There are many motorists who do not give way, some thinking that they have right of way and just speed up,” he said.
“They just don’t know how to slow down. This is especially true for vehicles from other states,” he added.
Former tin miner Philip Ng, 65, said he has resorted to taking another route to avoid the Jalan Sultan-Jalan Raja Muda junction.
“It’s an inconvenience but I would rather be safe than sorry,” he said.
“I frequently hear the loud sound of accidents and it scares me,” he added.
Pasir Pinji Assemblyman Howard Lee said there are several main cross junctions in the area.
These, he said, include cross junctions at Jalan Sultan, Jalan Raja Muda, Jalan Queen, Jalan Theatre, Jalan Sekolah, Jalan Prince and Jalan Padang.
“There are easily about 15 to 20 cross junctions in Kampung Pasir Pinji.
“In 2015, we once had four accidents over 10 days,” Lee said.
“The people here are getting fed up because of all these accidents. Their very lives are at stake here,” he added.
Lee said, while speeding motorists are to be blamed, the city councillors and the city council should also bear some of the responsibility.
“We submitted our suggestion to build speed bumps and traffic mirrors near cross junctions to the city council two years ago but nothing was done about it,” he said.
“Their excuse is always red tape, procedures and so on. The people here want the speed bumps and traffic mirrors installed as soon as possible,” he added.
When contacted, Datuk Bandar Datuk Zamri Man said the council will study the suitability of building speed bumps in the area. He said, meanwhile, the council will improve safety features, including setting up better warning signs and road markings at the junctions.
“We will conduct the improvement works at the Jalan Raja Muda-Jalan Sultan and Jalan Theatre-Jalan Queen cross junctions first,” Zamri said.