Photo courtesy of Lando Zawawai DatokBandar KL.
Photo courtesy of Lando Zawawai DatokBandar KL.

While almost every KL driver or motorcyclist has complained about potholes at some point, Azlan Sani Zawawi and his Ikatan Silaturrahim Brotherhood crew decided to actually do something about it.

After years of filing complaints to DBKL regarding patching up sinkholes and potholes around Wangsa Melawati, Azlan (or Lando as he’s known on social media) and his brotherhood of bikers started to fix the holes themselves.

The Malay Mail Online brought the group to public attention after reporting on their recent work on a pothole in Wangsa Melawati. To fix this hole, Lando raised RM2,500 on his own by selling T­-shirts and merchandises from his business to buy tools and hire a lorry.

But it turns out that the group has been fixing potholes for years. According to the report, Lando has fixed 30 roads and spent close to RM 20,000 on the repairs since 2008 and it doesn’t look like he’s about to slow down.

Kuala Lumpur’s mayor, Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib, admitted that “not all of the private contractors hired by City Hall are doing their job well.” However, he urged the bikers to leave the potholes to DBKL. “I urge the public to report any complaints related to road maintenance and repairs to us and I will instruct my staff to speed up their response. It is the council’s job to fix such things”, he said.

We hope that the news of these DIY citizens will speed up DBKL’s action on future potholes.

Rathika Sheila

Find out more about Lando here