Panjang can’t bear it and is back patching potholes

Good Samaritan: Panjang patching up a pothole in Jalan Jerau, Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: After a lapse of a few years, local do-gooder “Panjang” has come out from “retirement” and started to patch potholes again.

“I cannot tahan (stand it). So many potholes appearing, especially roads around residential areas.

“Very dangerous for motorcyclists and cyclists, you know, especially when it rains, ” said the 79-year-old who became a folk hero for voluntarily patching up potholes here for many years.

He only wants to be known as Panjang. He then stopped owing to old age before deciding to resume the activity recently.

He patched up at least two potholes along Jalan Jerau in Taman Pelangi here. Not only that, Panjang also tried to clean up rubbish from the roads.

He hoped that cleanliness around the area would be improved.

“People also need to be clean and not simply discard their rubbish everywhere.

“Don’t just depend on the contractors and the local government.

“Some of this garbage ends up in drains which clogs them and causes flash floods, ” he said, adding that he had pulled out mattresses, bricks and used clothes from drains.

He hoped that people would be responsible and take care of their neighbourhood and surroundings.

On his latest effort yesterday, he said he started patching up the holes as early as 6am to avoid the heavy traffic in the area.

Panjang, who is hunched and goes around the neighbourhood on a bicycle, said he would continue to patch up potholes in the area for as long as his health permitted.

A local resident known as Mrs George in Taman Pelangi said Panjang was a familiar face in the area who was concerned about the well-being of others.

“We can sometimes see him carting away trash or even putting up signs whenever there is a pothole to alert motorists of

danger, ” she said, adding that she had been living in the area for the past 40 years.

She hoped that more would emulate Panjang, especially in being more civic-minded and concerned about the well-being of others.

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