The tidak apa, ugly scene of Penang

I took the below photo around 9 am. Earlier that morning, I already went out on another trip. It was 6.20 am and rather dark. At that time, the road is still rather deserted. But this is not a small road but the main Jalan Air Itam, across the Penang State Mosque.

At that time, the AWAS sign was not there. In the darkness, it was just a pile of broken stones. The orange cones and sign probably have been busted by some vehicle earlier. When I saw it, I was horrified at the thought of how many people can die from this sheer negligence.

But I didn’t do anything to it. Anyway, what can I do about it? I did think of calling MPPP to report but it is a Sunday and I have no idea where to call. I wanted to tell someone from the CM’s office but I guess it is not fair to wake him at 6.20 am with an sms. Moreover, he is not in charge of local council so he probably will have to do the same thing I do. Go hunt for the phone number, wait for the voice messaging and such.


So, I went on with my journey as I have lector’s duty and must be in church without delay. However, I did pray earnestly. I ask that no one gets into an accident. Being the blogger and the cynic, I not only pray to my God, I also told myself, “Never mind, the Penang State Mosque is here, the huge Buddhist temple is here, surely every gods will be protecting innocent motorists from getting harm?”

I got home from church using another road so I forgot all about it. Then, later on, when I went out with hubby for dim sum around 9 am+, we saw the AWAS there. After so many hours, no one come to clear the debris.

What cause the mess on the a busy road? Nay, one stupid road contractor merely dig up the tar, open up the sewage (or probably cable duct), apply some cements during midnight. Then, they left the mess on the road because the cement is probably still wet. And some car or lorry must have rammed down the cones and sign earlier.

Yet, the pile of debris is left on a busy road until someone else comes along.

Lately, I don’t know lah. There is a major road repair or upgrading or whatever going on at the stretch of road near Citibank. Yet, the three times I passed by, no one is working on it. They just leave all the heavy machineries, rocks and rubbish on the busy road. Traffic jam is a nightmare during lunch hour and if they don’t clear up soon, it will come to a standstill when school opens.

So, how? New state government but who do we make reports about such tidak apa attitude? Someone could get killed, you know? But then, we always wait till a lot of people get killed before we react, hor? Malaysian style mah.

13 thoughts on “The tidak apa, ugly scene of Penang

  1. Maybe the state government busy with their Pakatan plans to take over the federal government leh. This one is small matter. No one crashed and died yet.

    Malaysian way – Disasters have to happen 1st. Then the morons will only take action. Blanket ban lah, blame local council lah, blame mother in law lah………….

    Talking about damaged roads, come and drive in KL lah. The roads with the most potholes/km in the world. And if they do fill up the potholes, they become bumps. Sigh.

  2. Eh Terrance – Forget to tell you I like your avatar. Can do me a favour? Type out how you got the avatar working? Awphng couldn’t get it working. Give clear instructions in the next comment, ok? And SMS me if got people come stir shit, wokay? I tell lengjai Bryan to send his terrorists to hunt them and you go bomb them, ok?

  3. Woah… so long never see you write about government stuff… finally you’re back!!!

    I think hor, the whatever government should offer you a best citizen award lor… because usually people will bo chap one… they saw… and then they forget it… =/

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  5. u mean 2 tell me u dun keep a spade in yr car for unforeseeable incidents like this?? yr good citizen award just went up in smoke ord.
    i only wish pg council will do all jobs properly, surely even a simple ‘awas’ sign is a negligence towards road users. there must be a protocol for things like these.
    heavy machinery but noone is working? well, very common lah, the subcontractor didnt have ehuf orang to do all the contracts, so ma run here run there loh.

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  6. You talk about the “ugly scene in Penang”, which gets me into thinking about “good scenes in Penang”.

    Perhaps my brain is rosak or temporarily overused, I haven’t have the luck of getting even the faintest topology of any “good scene in Penang”.

    Are there any? If you know of any, please let me know.

    Expiring mind desperately needs to know !!

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