Malaysia: DIY pothole fixers 'told to stop'

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Volunteers who repair potholes in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur have been told they must stop, it's reported.

A group of bikers led by actor Azlan Sani Zawawi have been filling holes in the city's roads for years, working into the small hours to make sure the task is done safely, the Malay Mail website reports. Mr Azlan says he has spent nearly 20,000 ringgit ($5,700; £3,700) of his own money hiring lorries and buying tonnes of gravel, tar and tools since starting the project in 2008. "The authorities are slow in their maintenance, often leaving the roads unlevelled and unpatched for months," he tells the paper. "I find their lackadaisical attitude irresponsible, especially when road hazards are serious dangers that could result in fatalities."

But city authorities say the volunteers shouldn't be doing the labour themselves. "Such work is the responsibility of City Hall and the public must approach us instead of carrying out such activities themselves," says Mayor Ahmad Phesal Talib. He says the work done by some private contractors hired by the council isn't up to scratch, but adds: "City Hall cannot allow taxpayers to do the council's job." The mayor has promised to speed up the time it takes to fix the potholes.

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