Villagers in Bidor worry over soil erosion near their houses

IPOH: Villagers at Kampung Chang Lama Sungai Gepai in Bidor, about 70km from here, are worried about the soil erosion occurring in their village.

Village Tok Batin (headman) Dahil Yok Copil claimed that despite their request to the authorities to prevent the erosion from worsening since 2017, nothing has been done.

“We have lodged complaints to many, including the district office, Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) and the elected representatives.

“We are disappointed that nothing has been done to fix the damage. The affected villagers are living in fear as they are afraid that the erosion which is located at the back of their houses will become more serious," he said.

Dahil said the situation will surely worsen during the monsoon season, adding that the poor drainage system should also be looked into as well.

“The erosion is worsening by the day and I'm puzzled as to whom we should report to next.

“Right now, with the growing Covid-19 cases and the ongoing movement control order, we are finding it more difficult to get in touch with any government agencies. We hope something can be done to help us, ” he said.

Dahil said the first report was lodged in 2017 and a second report was filed in 2018.

“When it first happened, the erosion was about 20m and 30m away from the villagers' houses.

"Right now, it is just about four metres away from the houses," he added.

When contacted, Perak and Kedah Jakoa director Harulnizam Abd Rahman said the department would investigate the matter soon.

"We will carry out work to repair the drainage.

“Our officers will visit the village to check on the conditions there, ” he said.

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