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Kampong Batak, Malaysia

THE Penang Municipal Council has been urged to put up transverse bars, road signs and lane markings at accident-prone spots along Jalan Paya Terubong to minimise road accidents.

Paya Terubong assemblyman Datuk Dr Loh Hock Hun said two such spots were at the road’s junctions with Persiaran Paya Terubong 2 and Jalan Kampung Batak.

“Residents have been complaining about their safety with one fatal accident occurring at one of the junctions recently,” he said.

Dr Loh said traffic along Jalan Paya Terubong had been getting heavier following the development of nearby Relau as more vehicles are using the road to get to and from the township.

“It is quite difficult for motorists to turn into Jalan Paya Terubong at the two junctions as there are many vehicles travelling at fast speed,” he said, adding that 3mm-high transverse bars would slow down the vehicles.

About 200 families live in Kampung Batak.

“It would help motorists know where to stop their vehicles at the junction if lane marking are drawn there,” Dr Loh said recently after visiting the two spots with municipal councillors Tan Yok Cheng and Teh Chin Beng as well as several council officials.

Tan said the council would implement the proposals if they were viable but needed at least a month to do so as the council needed to first conduct a survey at the areas and study the recommendations.

He urged factory bus drivers not park their vehicles along Jalan Paya Terubong as it would block the view of motorists coming out from the two junctions.


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