SET UP AGENCY TO HAN­DLE ROAD­SIDE TREES, PLANTS

New Straits Times - - Letters -

LO­CAL au­thor­i­ties must en­sure that road­side trees and plants pose no dan­ger to mo­torists. This comes af­ter an ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a Form 5 stu­dent in Me­laka re­cently.

Muham­mad Nor­da­nial Mohd Khir, 17, was rid­ing his mo­tor­cy­cle to school when a branch from a road­side tree fell on him, lead­ing to his death.

This in­ci­dent should not be taken lightly as it can hap­pen to mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans.

As a trop­i­cal coun­try, road­side trees and plants are not un­com­mon.

Al­most ev­ery road boasts trees and shrubs.

Some trees and shrubs are small while oth­ers are as big as those found in our jun­gles.

Road­side trees and plants con­trol flash floods and land ero­sion and, at the same time, pro­vide green­ery.

How­ever, we should en­sure that ac­ci­dents caused by fallen branches don’t hap­pen any­more.

We can cre­ate an agency to su­per­vise road­side trees and plants. It is dif­fi­cult for ex­ist­ing agen­cies to do the job with­out know­ing the ex­act num­ber of road­side trees and plants.

Hav­ing an agency with en­force­ment of­fi­cers will en­sure the trees are safe.

Se­condly, there should be laws to reg­u­late trees and plants that can be planted on road­sides.

Sim­i­larly, we need to en­sure a safe dis­tance be­tween trees

The abil­ity to grasp the sig­nif­i­cance of his­tor­i­cal events gives us an edge over oth­ers when it comes to mak­ing de­ci­sions.

Lit­er­a­ture is a part of knowl­edge

and roads.

DR MUZAFAR SYAH MALLOW, Univer­siti Sains Is­lam Malaysia, Ni­lai, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan

and to deny its rel­e­vance is to mock the knowl­edge it­self.

SHAR­I­FAH IZZATI MO­HAM­MAD TAZAR,

Perak

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We need to en­sure a safe gap be­tween roads and trees.

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Lit­er­a­ture helps us un­der­stand the world bet­ter.

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