FOR THE past three years, the street lights along several spots in the Pengkalan 2 Industrial Area in Lahat have not been functioning properly.
The dimly-lit area is cause for concern for people living nearby, especially those in Bandar Sri Pengkalan and factory workers there as there have been complaints of thefts, robberies and accidents.
Bandar Sri Pengkalan Residents Association chairman Mohd Khairul Firdaus Abdullah, 45, said the entire stretch along Jalan Johan 1 right up to the end of the junction is dark.
“The street lights are not working. It just doesn’t feel safe. There have been at least two robbery cases a month here,” he said when contacted.
“Most of the victims are the foreigners who work in the industrial area,” he said.
Mohd Khairul also said the road is also one of the main entry points to the residential area.
“We use the road frequently, as it is one of the main entry points into the residential area. There will also be road accidents every now and then,” he added.
Mohd Khairul said he has complained to the Batu Gajah District Council on numerous occasions.
“They fixed the street lights several times, but two weeks later, the lights will be not functioning again.
“We are not sure why it is like this. I think the district council has also given up repairing the lights,” he said, adding that he has been living in the area for 16 years.
“I really hope the district council will try to fix the street lights again. This is not just for me, but for the community here,” he said.
A factory worker, who only wanted to be known as Ruslan, said one of his workmates was robbed about a year ago.
“He was on his way home on his bicycle when he was stopped by two men on a motorcycle at Jalan Johan 2/6. He was robbed at knifepoint and lost all his money, though it was not much,” he said.
“He was also lucky not to have been harmed,” he added.
Ruslan, in his 20s, said he too had witnessed accidents involving motorcycles and bicycles near the factory area.
“The road there is also uneven and it is not helped by the lack of lighting in the evenings.
“Some riders fell because of the road conditions while some fell trying to avoid other vehicles,” he said.
1Malaysia Complaints and Service Centre Chairman P. Matthew said he has brought up the issue of the street lights to the district council.
“I received a complaint about it a month ago. I hope that the district council can help the residents and factory workers there.
“I’ve also tried contacting Tenaga Nasional Bhd to check with them on some of the street lights in the industrial area, but there has been no response from them so far,” he said.