The Orang Asli community of the Temiar tribe living near Gua Musang, Kelantan, are frustrated as their routes out of their settlements were constantly damaged by off-roading activities. The worst part of it all is that the roads are expected to worsen as they near the monsoon season which is expected to start in November.
As such, the Orang Asli residents are now appealing to enthusiasts to cease their activities ahead of the monsoon season.
Among the villages that were badly affected by the activities of the off-roading enthusiasts were Kampung Pos Gob, Pos Balar, Pos Bihai, and Pos Tohoi.
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The off-roading aficionados often come to the area in their 4×4 vehicles to drive in the rain and mud, damaging the roads and leaving the residents in these areas stranded.
One Orang Asli resident of Kampung Pos Gob, Radi Uda, told Utusan that the situation gets worse especially when their residents face emergencies such as illness or labour. As the roads were damaged, they were unable to seek medical help.
The alternative road out of the village to the nearest city which is Gua Musang takes almost 12 hours.
Another resident, John Busu, told Utusan that 4×4 vehicles have been frequenting the routes since September, he has seen these enthusiasts heading to the Pos Gob post office at least five times.
He told The Star that the road is the only way for them to leave their settlements to buy milk, rice, and diapers and these enthusiasts should not be allowed there.
John Busu also hopes that the authorities would step in and start controlling the situation before the monsoon season properly sets in.