Residents mad about their gravel road being neglected

The condition of the road that leads to Lorong 15 in Jalan Semaba.

The condition of the road that leads to Lorong 15 in Jalan Semaba.

KUCHING: The eight families who lives at Lorong 15, Jalan Semaba, 5th Mile here, have been knocking on doors for years to get their gravel road tar-sealed, but nothing has moved.

Resident Solomon Nayup, 57, said the road was only about 1.5 km, but nobody cared about their plight.

“We have exhausted our efforts to mention, highlight and complaint to those deaf ears (relevant authorities). All we want is to have the road upgraded to a tar-sealed single carriageway,” said Solomon, who is a Petronas senior executive officer, when contacted yesterday.

He claimed that beginning 2013, they started sending letters to the authority concerned, lodged a complaint through the Public Complaints Bureau at Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) Kuching, and even approached Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) Councillor Wilfred Yap.

“The Principal Private Secretary to the Chief Minister, Azmi Bujang, recently replied to this matter by stating that ‘The matter(s) raised will be forwarded to the relevant agencies for further action.’

“However, no agencies, be it MPP or the Public Works Department, ever come to verify or address our problem even though we are legal voters and citizens here.”

Solomon claimed everyone in his neighbourhood paid their assessments and taxes without fail.

“We have to come out with our own money to purchase gravels to maintain the road and cut the grasses ourselves. Last year alone, we spent RM6,000 from their own pockets for road maintenance.”

Solomon claimed they had also written to SUPP Headquarters, but there had been no reply.

“SUPP is very irresponsible. They should respect those who are taxpayers. Let us work together…no hanky panky. All we are asking is a single carriage way road that will provide comfort to road users here.”