WITH the weather becoming more inclement and MetMalaysia announcing continuous rain warnings every other day, many people expect major floods to hit anytime. They also fear the wet weather will cause other calamities, such as landslides or sinkholes.
Recently, a video showing a massive sinkhole swallowing up a road in front of a tunnel went viral on messaging apps such as WhatsApp. The caption alleges that the tunnel is none other than the Bentong Tunnel and that it's been closed due to the collapse.
Is this true?
Bentong police said claims that floods have occurred along the Kuala Lumpur Karak Expressway and that the road leading into the Bentong tunnel has collapsed are false.
When contacted, Bentong OCPD Supt Zaiham Mohd Kahar said that he was aware that two videos had been circulating regarding these incidents, but no such incidents had occurred.
"One of the videos claiming that floods occurred along the highway was actually an incident that occurred in Dec 2021.
"The other video of the road collapse in front of a tunnel is believed to have occurred in another country," he said when contacted on Sunday (Nov 26).
He explained that the entrance of the Bentong tunnel has a billboard with pictures of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Pemangku Raja Pahang.
"The video, however, does not have those billboards," he said.
Supt Zaiham said if such an incident did occur, the public could rest assured that an official statement on the incident would be issued immediately either by the police or the respective highway concessionaires.