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'No choice but to defy the ban'
Published on: Sunday, January 21, 2018

Tenom: Kampung Pangi residents here said banning or restricting the use of illegal handmade trolleys will make it difficult for them to travel to the city to carry out important duties, especially in transporting patients to hospital.

Its village chief Udin Bangkiwoh (pic) said they are aware of a warning notice issued by Jabatan Keretapi Negeri Sabah (JKNS) on the ban or restriction of the trolleys, considering their high safety risks.

However, he said they have no choice but to keep using them as besides the train service, the area does not have any road connecting them to the city.

He urged the government, especially JKNS, to increase the frequency of train service, which at the same time will allow more tourists to visit the area, in addition to increasing the number of passengers in Pangi, Rayoh and surrounding areas.

Udin said the issue of tourists who use the handmade trolleys to travel to the white water rafting centres in Pangi and Rayoh was difficult to avoid considering the frequency of train service.

"In addition, besides being the main mode of transportation to the centres, the tourists also like the experience of riding in the handmade trolleys.

"In fact, most of them do not know that the government banned its use and they do not seem to care," he said, adding that JKNS should take serious action or at least increase the frequency of train service to Beaufort.

Meanwhile, a Batu 78 Pangi resident, Andreas Pikan, expressed his gratitude to the handmade trolleys for saving his son's live.

The 34-year-old man said his son had an asthma attack on Feb 7, 2012 and it was actually the trolley that was used to transport his child to the city for medical treatment.

On the issue of a video recording that went viral on social media regarding the decline of development in Pangi, Udin said there have been rapid development of facilities such as schools, electricity supply in rural areas, cellular phone coverage and suspension bridges.

"However, we still do not have health centres such as Desa Clinic even though we have made multiple applications," he said. - Mail Mathew

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