New Straits Times

Not an easy walk to mining pool

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PETALING JAYA: The path leading to a mining pool, where six firefighte­rs lost their lives while locating a missing teenager, is a narrow, sand-and-gravel route.

Checks by the New Straits Times Press found that the path linked the mining pool to a Putra Perdana residentia­l parking lot.

It was not an easy walk, with puddles all along the path following heavy rain on Wednesday.

On both sides of the path were shrubs, which, according to locals, are infested with grasshoppe­rs.

It took 20 minutes to arrive at the mining pool from the parking lot, despite the distance between the two areas being a mere 800m.

Rosmin Mohd Yusof, 57, who has lived in Taman Putra Perdana for the past 20 years, said the path was used by people who wanted to fish in the area.

“In addition to anglers, others visit the area to take dips.”

Mohd Ghazali S.M. Hameed, 53, said residents staying near the mining pool always cautioned those heading there.

“Since fences were erected around the area, fewer people go there now.

“But there are those who are stubborn and see it as adventurou­s.”

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