Orang Asli claim Pos Balar-Pos Hau route remains damaged

GUA MUSANG: Barely a month after maintenance works were undertaken, a road connecting Pos Balar to Pos Hau and used by over 1,000 Orang Asli has been badly damaged.

Sections of the road have collapsed or are now ridden with potholes.

Pos Balar Orang Asli Village Development and Security Committee chairman Hanan Anjang said the over 10km stretch serves as the primary route for the Orang Asli community from the Temiar tribe in the settlement.

“Besides motorcycles, only four-wheel-drive vehicles pass through this road daily to transport patients or students. Heavy vehicles don’t use this road at all.

“I hope those given the responsibility do a better job if there is any government allocation for road repairs in the future,” he said when met by reporters here yesterday, according to Bernama.

Nen Aja, 27, said motorcycle users had to spend more time on the road when travelling to town.

He said the road condition made it difficult for residents to go about their lives outside the settlement and sometimes they were even forced to spend the night in the jungle.

“Normally, it only takes us four hours to get to Gua Musang town, but now the journey can take up to seven hours. During rainy days, the journey even extends to 12 hours,” he said.

Meanwhile, Galas assemblyman Mohd Syahbuddin Hashim hopes the contractors involved would take appropriate measures and monitor the projects implemented.

“Projects in rural areas need to be carried out more seriously. Hundreds of thousands (of government allocation) have already been spent, but the road still cannot be used,” he said.

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