Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands road safe, viral ‘soil erosion’ photos are old ones

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  • Wednesday, 05 Aug 2020

IPOH: The stretch of road with the exposed hill slope at FT 186 of Jalan Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands is safe for motorists.

Perak Infrastructure Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Zolkafly Harun said “signs” of erosion were still visible along a 500m stretch there but these were not new.

Zolkafly said the Public Works Department (JKR) conducts check there once every three hours and assured the road was still in good condition.

“There are no cracks on the road or any sign of sinking.

“The slope there has been upgraded with tie back wall and micro-pile slab a few years ago, ” he told a press conference after a visit to the affected site on Wednesday (Aug 5).

“It is still structurally sound, ” he added.

Zolkafly had visited the area with JKR officials after pictures of the soil erosion surfaced on social media.

He said the uploaded pictures were old ones that were taken a few years ago.

“I understand that the erosion occurred a few years ago due to rainfall and its terrain.

“The state will make a request for a RM120mil allocation to fix the exposed areas from the Federal Government, ” he said.

“We hope it can be expedited and also be listed in the 12th Malaysia Plan, ” he added.

Zolkafly also urged the people to be more responsible and not to upload old pictures on social media that could cause unnecessary panic.

“We also hope motorists will not stop and park their cars by the roadside near there. It is not allowed, ” he added.

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