Danger lurks at Vale of Temp

 |Oct 13, 2016
Investigations have shown the old rubble retaining wall supporting the road has caved in and the earth below the road washed away during the recent heavy rains.
Investigations have shown the old rubble retaining wall supporting the road has caved in and the earth below the road washed away during the recent heavy rains … MO Pix.

Jalan Lembah Permai (Vale of Tempe) is a notorious 1.7km winding road that cuts across a hill joining two suburbs, Tanjung Bungah and Fettes Park, joining George Town through Tanjung Bungah into Batu Ferringhi  in the north on Penang island.

Normally a scenic route, this hill road passes through the valley by the Guillemard Reservoir, a water catchment area at the foothills of Penang Hill is located.

Locals avoid this road at night with its sharp bends, without street lights and no surrounding barriers at the side of the road. This deadly junction is rumoured to be haunted by female ghost who preys on drunk drivers who avoid her by swerving their car and thus ending up driving off the cliff perilously.

Whether its reckless drunks or carelessness, the todays’ scare is real.

At around 1.00pm large grooves have appeared on the on the crown of the road exposing the soil beneath the tar surface. As the road yawn the fear of a sinkhole opening up is very alarming.

Locals avoid this road at night with its sharp bends, without street lights and no surrounding barriers at the side of the road ... MO Pix.
Locals avoid this road at night with its sharp bends, without street lights and no surrounding barriers at the side of the road … MO Pix.

Investigations have shown the old rubble retaining wall supporting the road has caved in and the earth below the road washed away during the recent heavy rains.

It is only a matter of time before a catastrophe happens.

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Doris Lim is a Malaysia Outlook contributor with a keen eye for details developed form her background in architecture and design. Her affable personality and passion to celebrate life is captured in her stories of the community. Doris’ love for all things beautiful and quirky is tempered by her love for writing, photography, food, art and travel.