Pi­tas vil­lagers clam­our for com­ple­tion of long aban­doned road

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PI­TAS: Vil­lagers from seven vil­lages in the district here have ap­pealed to the gov­ern­ment to con­tinue with the con­struc­tion of Pan­dan-Maliau-Pi­na­pak Road, which they be­lieved has been ‘aban­doned' for the past 18 years.

The vil­lages are Kam­pung Man­damai, Kam­pung Lugu, Kam­pung Perupok, Kam­pung Dowokon, Kam­pung Bam­ban­gan, Kam­pung Maliau Pusat and Kam­pung Layung.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the group, Me­jol Sukuan, who is rep­re­sent­ing Kam­pung Man­damai and Kam­pung Lugu, said the road project was ap­proved in the Sev­enth Malaysia Plan (1996-2000).

“The con­struc­tion of the road started in 2000 and only three kilo­me­tres have been com­pleted and sealed un­til Sun­gai Man­damai,” he said.

An­other vil­lager from Kam­pung Perupok, James Oran­sum, said he was baf­fled why the road had been aban­doned for al­most two decades.

“This road is very im­por­tant to us be­cause it con­nects our vil­lagers to the school, SK Pi­na­pak. This road is our main road to the town, and we are hop­ing that it will be com­pleted as soon as pos­si­ble,” he said.

Mokidin Masiau from Kam­pung Dowokon said the road is im­por­tant not only to the school chil­dren but is also the quick­est way for the vil­lagers to bring their crops to Pi­tas town.

“It is also the main ac­cess road to the hos­pi­tal in Pi­tas town,” he added.

A lo­cal leader, Mak­lin Masiau, had of­fi­cially ap­pealed to the gov­ern­ment since 2004 till 2011 to con­tinue with the con­struc­tion of this strate­gic road but un­til today no re­sponse has been forth­com­ing.

The group of vil­lagers rep­re­sent­ing the seven vil­lages.

Only 3km of the road com­pleted end­ing at Sun­gai Man­damai be­fore it was aban­doned.

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