By John Isaac
DAP’s Julian Tan, the former Stampin MP met with a minor accident while assisting the public along Jalan P. Ramlee in Kuching recently.
He was helping with Welfare Department applications and met with a minor mishap when he was about to leave the area.
“It turns out that the area is accident-prone with deplorable drains which are at odd locations, posing a danger to unfamiliar road users in the area. A potential death trap,” he said.
While waiting for the tow truck, Julian, who is also special assistant to DAP Sarawak chief, Chong Chieng Jen, said many in the area, including passers-by, stopped to offer help.
“To our surprise, many raised their concerns over the condition of the drainage and its ‘odd’ design.
“Even those familiar with the area fell victim, what more those not frequent with the surroundings,” he said.
Julian said they were informed that many complaints had been made to the Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) over the years, but the issue persisted.
“The accident has become a common occurrence, with workers from nearby shops having helped many stranded cars.
“We urge DBKU to act immediately on accident-prone areas such as this before something worse happens. The site is also flash flood-prone, which further escalates the risk,” he added.
Julian said the area was not the first site they encountered where DBKU was yet to address issues while mishaps keep occurring.
The junction at the traffic light crossroad with Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce (formerly Jalan Keretapi) and Green Road is full of scratch markings and severely damaged railings.
The only thing preventing road users from further mishaps is the disappearing hazard tape tied around the severely damaged railing.
“We had filed complaints with DBKU since last year. We are also concerned about students and parents who frequently used the nearby school walkways.
“We urge DBKU not to wait further, especially in accident-prone areas. The safety of road users is of utmost importance, especially in avoidable cases such as this. We do not need to wait for something to happen and only then take action,” he stressed.