Amenities lacking in small town


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  • Sunday, 17 Oct 2004

In Paka, a small town in Terengganu where I have been posted, there is no proper drainage system to disperse the rain water that we get quite a lot of in this part of the country, especially during the monsoon season which is coming soon.  

During the monsoon last year, the town and its main road, which connects Kuantan and Kuala Terengganu, were flooded for days. The situation was so bad that the people had to use boats to move around.  

Being a town which houses thousands of workers who keep the country’s oil and gas and power generation industry running, this is totally unacceptable. 

Besides the drainage system, there is also a lack of general development in this part of the country. 

I am sure the government would reply to this by saying that plans are in the pipeline. But then again, action does speak louder than words. 

If we want to be recognised as a developed nation, I hope the government will wake up and provide the rakyat with basic amenities like drainage systems and clean water supply.  

Having the biggest Jalur Gemilang or making the longest satay in the world will not make us a developed nation.  

 

L.M. WONG  

Paka, Terengganu  

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