OUR CAR PUNCTURED AT
PEDU CATCHMENT AREA
It has been more
than 20 years that I did not visit the Pedu damn in Northern
Peninsular Malaysia. I waited for my ham radio buddy, Rusli
to make a trip to my home, to make a go to the area again.
The damn provide irrigation to the paddy land in the
Northern state of Malaya. In facts several hills were used
for several damns with different names.
Rusli arived my
hometown on February 12, 2019. I told him that we would be
going to Pedu, a place in the Northeast of Kedah state, on
the 13, a day after his arrival.
At about 9.00 am we
went for breakfast and pushed off to Kuala Nerang. I brought
my drone to capture the water catchment scenes. We followed
the signboard when we reached Kuala Nerang at about 11.30
am. It was really a hot day. The signboard said "PEDU
RESORT'. That's just the place we loved to see.
The car climbed the
hill as we were moving about 30 minutes later. We had to
cover more than 30 km more before arriving Pedu.
Somewhere on the
hilltop surrounded by thick forest, there was some funny
sound from the car as we climbed the hill. I thought it was
the road. Rusli thought it was an engine. At almost a flat
area we pulled off. I went out of the car and saw the right
tire was almost broken to pieces. We opened up the spare
tire which was much smaller than the main. I found
equipments were not in the box. There were only the wrench
and the jack. I had a strong suspicion that the Produa Dua
worker at the service centre must have been doing some hanky
panky stuff. I lost several things before this.
Somehow Rusli was
strong enough to force the four screws to rotate. We changed
the tire but to our frustration there was no air. The sun
was blazing on our heads. About 100 meters away we saw
somewhat like a house. Rusli rushed to get help. But there
wasn't anyone in it. Down below he saw two cars near the
lake and people were fishing. Rusli approached them asking
for a pump. There wasn't any. We decided to wait and stop
for the passing cars.
We tried to stop
several cars. Nobody stopped. There was a small lorry that
was going down to the lake but telling us that they do not
have the pump with them. About 10 minutes later I waved for
a car to stop. When it stopped we saw that it was a police
car, a Kancil, with two plain cloth police. We narrated our
problem. The police did not carry the pump too but decided
to try their spare tire. We found it was too big.
They said they would
take the tire back to the police station and where ever they
could fill in the air. Happily we thank the two policemen
for the deed and went down to the lake side to find some
shade. I took the opportunity to capture the scene while
45 minutes later we
went up to our car, expecting for the police to arrive.
It was about 1.30
pm they came back and fixed the tire. We thanked them
profusely and I gave them the pittance for the whole hard
work which they rejected. Rusli asked for their names. We
could remember Officer Fendi, a young policeman. The other
one was a Sergeant something that I have forgotten the name.
We decided to
quit the venture and heading for home with a spare tire on
the front right portion of the car. About 200 meters we
stopped for a photography and then slowly proceeded for
At 3 pm we arrived
town, went to change both of the front tires.
I will write a
letter to the area police HQ to thank the two officers for
their good deeds, service and positive attitudes.
Abdul Rahman Raof