Being Malaysians, we all know how terrible the traffic on the highway is, especially during the festive seasons. While there are many causes for the traffic, one of the reasons is the condition of the roads.
Over the years, there had been calls for the Kelantan state government to upgrade and broaden the roads in the state.
However, Kelantan Deputy Minister Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah believes that there is no need for the state government to do so as it is pointless for them to widen the roads as “they are only used once a year”.
Orang suruh besarkan jalan.Lebai kata besarkan jalan buat apa,guna setahun sekali je kikiki pic.twitter.com/UM70IG1jvr— Abdul Rani Kulup Fans (@KulupFans) July 12, 2022
He made this comment in response to the reporters who were asking him about the state government’s plans to tackle the unusual traffic congestion that happens every Raya season.
“So we have to go through it. It’s not like it happens often,” he said, adding that the roads are only used once a year.
The video has since gone viral online with many netizens expressing their amusement and outrage over his comments.
One angry netizen pointed out that a specific road in Kelantan that is often congested during Raya season. “On normal days, it takes 45 minutes, but during Raya, it can go up to 5 to 6 hours of being stuck there.”
Kalau jalan cantik, luas, mudah orang guna, makin pesatlah kawasan tu. Access ke suatu tempat jadi lebih mudah. Aktiviti bisnes berlaku, rakyat setempat dapat manfaat, kawasan sekitar makin membangun.— Amirul (@AmirulLurima) July 12, 2022
Jadi, tak adalah rakyat guna jalan tu setahun sekali je.
“If you look at Kelantan, it’s not like they can’t widen the roads. The shoulders of the road are wide and it is possible to add another lane. But if you have a minister like this, then there’ll be no end to the issue of traffic congestion in Kelantan,” another netizen said.
One netizen also slammed the minister for his remarks and said roads are not used only during Raya but a necessity for the people. “Having nice roads will boost the economy. If you want to give an excuse, at least make it sound a bit smarter,” he added.
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