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Saturday, November 27, 2004
Jelapang Death Toll Increases



i had only blogged regarding the 'Killer Jelapang Toll Plaza' not too ong ago. By early September 2004, there have been numerous accidents near or at this 'killer toll plaza', and there had been a total of 5 fatalities. Yesterday another vehicle, a southbound container lorry had crashed into a closed lane at the toll plaza. The reason was brake failure according to the polis. The driver was fortunate to escape unhurt. Today there was another accident at this ill-fated spot. This time, the driver of the express bus was not so fortunate, he was killed when he jumped out of the bus. Apparently he had lost control while going down the killer slope and had experienced brake failure.
There have been calls made by many for the toll plaza to be relocated. There have also equally been much talk talk about shifting the toll plaza by Samy Vellu and his chappies from the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) and Plus Expressways Sdn Bhd but while they are having their talk talk sessions and deciding on which plan to put into action, the death bells have kept on tolling away. Recently the Perak MB boldly declared that :: The Jelapang Toll Plaza Will Have To Go. And he spoke about this RM260 million project to relocate the toll plaza. He also mentioned the amount is half of the annual bajet of the state of Perak. An amount which obviously the state gomen can not afford to foot.
According to the plan submitted by Works MINIster, two 5km-long side roads are to be built parallel to the existing toll-free stretch from the Ipoh Selatan toll plaza to the Jelapang toll plaza and the latter is to be dismantled to ease congestion faced by south-bound travellers passing through it. This grand plan of his will definitely take a long period of time to finance and implement and complete. In the meanwhile, can't the plaza be temporarily relocated to the Dataran Sungei Perak area? A relocation which will be less costly and require a shorter time to implement. Is the Work MINIster waiting for a major disaster involving more deaths to occur before he gets down to work? Does make you wonder why the Work MINIstry and gomen is so keen on the RM260 million alternative and not the cheaper one?



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