Apart from violent crime, high prices and less-tasty-than-Ipoh/Penang/KL food, there is another thing that Johor is infamous for: Literally everyone who comes to Johor Bahru notices immediately the very poor state of the roads. They’re super bumpy, even the main roads!
Why is this so when road renovations seem to be carried out all the time? Are the materials used to repave the roads of inferior quality to that used elsewhere in the country? Are the people in charge extremely inept to use such poor materials year after year?
Or is it simply because of rampant corruption? Each time the road is fixed, a large lump of the money goes to some VIP or contractor’s pockets. There is then less money for the fixing of the roads, leading to the condition of the roads deteriorating much faster.
But that’s a GOOD thing for the corrupt! Because that means the road will need to be re-fixed sooner, meaning more money for their fat pockets!
Meanwhile, road users suffer discomfort, vehicles need more repairs… And someone dies from the effects of corruption.
They execute the heads responsible for non-lethal food and toys contamination in China. Should the same be carried out for the selfish, greedy neglect that led to an actual death in Johor?
From The Star 24 Aug 2007:
Pothole that cost a life
JOHOR: It cost a life to get a pothole patched up.
Tan Cheng Ming, 20, was riding pillion on a motorcycle last Friday at 4am when the machine hit a pothole that was about as wide as a manhole and 5cm deep.
The impact caused Cheng Ming to be thrown off the motorcycle, and he sustained head injuries upon landing. He was rushed to the Sultan Ismail Hospital but died there.
His friend, Tam Tok Wei, 20, who was driving, escaped with minor injuries while the motorcycle was barely damaged except for some scratches and a bent front wheel.
Cheng Ming’s father, Robin Tan, said the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) patched up the pothole in Jalan Daya, Taman Daya, about two days after the accident.
“When there is a loss of life, only then will they act. We have to bring this up to the authorities, because we don’t want others to lose their loved ones, too.
“The street lights along that road are also not so bright as they are shaded by trees, so the rider might not have seen the pothole at night,” Tan told The Star.
The 53-year-old taxi driver said that with the exception of highways, many roads in Johor Baru are riddled with potholes.
Tan said they had started planning for Cheng Ming’s 21st birthday celebration next month when the accident occurred.
“Twenty years of love, and just like that, because of other people’s mistake, my son paid with his life,” he said.