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PWD: Pothole which caused death of 75-year-old under City Hall jurisdiction

KUALA LUMPUR: The pothole which claimed the life of 75-year-old Ho Yan Yee is on a road under City Hall jurisdiction.

The Public Works Department (PWD) tweeted this at noon today following queries about the road’s caretakers.

“Condolences to the victim’s family. The road in question is under DBKL (City Hall),” it said while tagging @ITIS_TRAFIK and @DBKL2u.

“We are extending this for further action.” The reply was tagged to a report by Harian Metro on the incident.

The New Straits Times has reached out to City Hall for comments and are awaiting a reply.

Ho was riding to Mid Valley from Taman Connaught at about 7.30am yesterday when his motorcycle went over the waterlogged cavity and he was thrown 30m, dying at the scene.

This came less than a week after Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin was injured when he was thrown off his bicycle in Banting due to a pothole.

PWD swiftly apologised and patched the road within 24 hours.

On social media, however, the public cried foul over the glaring double standards as the department and the local authorities’ response to potholes have left much to be desired in the past.

PWD director-general Datuk Mohamad Zulkefly Sulaiman was also forced to address comments and say that netizens’ complaints on the department’s responsiveness were being “taken seriously”.

He said that the ministry under its “Aku Janji Zero Potholes” initiative would conduct pothole repairs within 24 hours of the discovery or complaints, and in three days for permanent repairs as stated in the Federal Road Maintenance contract.

On Nov 6 last year, a Royal Malaysian Air Force officer rode his motorcycle into a pothole filled with rainwater in Kuala Lumpur. The 28-year-old died after losing control of his bike and falling into the path of an oncoming lorry.

Source: New Straits Times

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