Cropping at dangerous bend

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  • Saturday, 10 Oct 2009

VISITORS travelling to the Kek Lok Si in Penang can heave a sigh of relief as a dangerous bend (pic) leading to the popular tourist attraction will be made safer.

Foo Yu Keong, the special assistant to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who is also Air Putih assemblyman, said the sharp bend — which motorists would have to navigate before reaching the temple — was made more dangerous by overgrown bushes and trees.

“Motorists coming down from the temple and those going up would not be able to see each other because of the trees and bushes growing from a stream below the bend.

“Over the years, there have been many accidents involving cars, motorcycles and tourist vans at that spot which is why we are clearing the area,” he said.

Foo was speaking to reporters during a site visit together with Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) and Land Office representatives yesterday.

“We are here today to survey the area and do a report before calling for an open tender to clear the area.

“The school holidays are coming so we need to do this soon. Hopefully, by the end of the month, the trees and bushes will be cleared,” he said.

Resident Chang Mun Foh, who has been living in the area for more than 20 years, said the last time the trees and bushes there were trimmed was about six years ago.

“Youngsters on motorcycles and visitors from outside the state who are not familiar with the road are at greater risk,” he said.

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