TELUK KUMBAR – A total of 11 coconut trees that pose a risk to the public passing through Jalan Teluk Kumbar, here, will be cut down today.
Bayan Lepas State Assemblyman (ADUN), Azrul Mahathir Aziz said, it was following the incident where a woman was injured due to being hit by a coconut while passing through the road by piggybacking on a motorcycle ridden by her daughter yesterday.
Azrul said, his party has also conducted a survey with representatives of the Penang City Council (MBPP) to identify trees that pose a risk to road users, especially those on the side of the road by cutting down.
“As soon as I received information about the incident, I went straight to the location yesterday and Alhamdulillah I was informed by the victim’s son, that their mother is now stable but still receiving treatment at the Penang Hospital.
“As a safety measure, apart from not wanting the same incident to happen again, we decided to cut down trees by the side of the road which are said to be risky to road users.
“A total of 11 coconut trees have been identified from Jalan Teluk Kumbar to Sungai Batu and it involves the MBPP area as well as privately owned land,” he said when met today.
Azrul added that the process of cutting down 11 coconut trees will be done at 2pm by MBPP itself.
“We expect there will be traffic congestion following the tree cutting process that will take place along the main road of Teluk Kumbar.
“In this regard, we ask the services of road users to comply with traffic instructions at that time to launch operations,” he said.
Yesterday, a 28 -second video recording showed a coconut hitting a motorcyclist passing through Jalan Teluk Kumbar.
Based on the video footage, the woman’s helmet was thrown before she herself fell on the main road.
The victim was then assisted by the public and it is understood that the woman suffered serious injuries and is still receiving treatment at the Penang Hospital. – MalaysiaGazette