Friday, July 29, 2011

An Update on the Missing Manhole Cover

     On Monday I published a post on a large drain with a missing cover. Well it's now Friday evening and there is still no cover. I sent the photo from the post to my friend who works for The Star newspaper and he  had his colleague inform the relevant authorities about the situation. Apparently the authorities do not view this as being serious enough to warrant quick action or even caution signs or red traffic cones. I don't know if this is a matter of ignorance, stupidity or negligence or a combination of all three.

    I have mentioned this open drain to some of my local friends at the gym and expressed my concern that a serious accident could happen involving a blind person. I was surprised at the responses I got. They agreed it was dangerous, but they said "blind people don't come around this area". They further explained that blind people are only found around the area of St. Christopher's School for the Blind. I didn't realize that handicapped people are limited to only certain areas of the city, according to their particular handicap!!!

    Well, every day, as I pass this open pit, I look into it checking to see if there are any bodies or skeletons lying at the bottom. Yesterday someone made a futile attempt to cover the opening with some small cut tree branches. Only if the authorities had that much concern!


  1. Hi! Just another Malaysian here. My girlfriend's grandfather once fell into a 2~3 meters deep drain due to missing manhole cover when he was jogging around the lake garden. This happened about two decades ago in Taiping, Perak and he got several bone fractures. In the end he sued the Taiping municipal council and won the case but anyhow, it is still best that the fall never happened.

  2. Thanks for your comment. It is interesting that this unfortunate accident happened 20 years ago, yet nothing apparently has changed to protect the welfare of the citizens.

  3. One of the things I did not like about Penang was how pedestrian unfriendly it was. I saw lots of places where pedestrians could fall through missing or huge broken holes. Also safe crosswalks are missing in many places where they would be useful and sidewalks are missing altogether too often. The buses were very good. My belief is to really be successful as a modern, economically vibrate city with good quality of life pedestrian friendly attitude is important. Singapore understands this, Penang is far far behind.

  4. I fully agree with you. For you information the above mentioned manhole is still uncovered and no warning signs placed. They will probably wait until someone falls in it and gets injured or dies.