Road upgrade benefits over 60 Slim River farmers

Giving the thumbs up for the new gravel road during a site visit are Si (fourth from left) and Mohd Zaidi (fourth from right) with stakeholders.

AFTER decades of using a dirt road to get to their farms and plantations in Kampung Sempa, Slim River, Perak, more than 60 farmers and landowners there now have a better road to travel on.

A 3.3km stretch of the dirt road has now been upgraded with gravel using funds from the Malaysian Road Records Information System (Marris). It cost RM200,000.

Si Ming Fah, a spokesperson for the farmers and plantation owners, said the road was used mostly by those working in the area.

The road, he said, could not be upgraded for many years as it passed through private land.

“It was only recently that the third and fourth generation farmers and owners discussed upgrading the road for the common good.

“We collected some funds, but it was enough only for minor repairs.”

He said they then reached out to social worker Yee Jee Kwong for help.

“We came across Yee’s Facebook page and saw that he had helped many people in the district,” he added.

Si said Yee helped to arrange meetings with Muallim district officer Shamsul Ridzuan Idris, Batang Padang/Muallim Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) assistant engineer Norazaliza Azizan and Slim assemblyman Mohd Zaidi Aziz with hopes of securing an allocation for the upgrading of the dirt road.

Si said there were 63 owners with land measuring 202ha in the area.

“After several meetings, Mohd Zaidi and officers from the district office and DID came for a site visit.

“They later helped to secure the allocation from Marris via the DID,” said Si.

He said the dirt road was under the department’s purview as it was located next to Sungai Sempa.

“The upgrading work, which uses crusher run and quarry dust, started on Aug 24 and is expected to be completed by Sept 17,” he added.

Mohd Zaidi said that as the state representative, he was glad to help the landowners.

“I hope the upgraded road will make the journey safer and smoother for those travelling in this area,” he said.

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