Analysing its feasibility: Rajiv (right) and Nayagam looking at the proposed highway alignment superimposed on a Google map.
THE Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) will call for a preliminary meeting with the concessionaire of the proposed Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex).
Its commissioner, James Nayagam, said it would send a letter to Kidex Sdn Bhd by this week.
“This preliminary meeting will form part of Suhakam’s investigations into the issue. We will help residents facilitate further discussions with Kidex,” Nayagam said during a media briefing at Ehsan Ria Condominium in Jalan Bukit, Petaling Jaya.
Also present at the briefing was Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Risyakaran and several residents.
Nayagam and “Say No to Kidex” group representatives had earlier visited several areas near Jalan Bukit in Petaling Jaya that may be affected by the RM2.42bil highway.
Nagayam said the preliminary meeting would be followed by a roundtable discussion with Kidex and affected residents.
He added that in the event Suhakam decides to hold an inquiry on the matter, the parties involved may be subpoenaed.
“We may hold a private or public hearing and if the matter goes to court, we may hold a watching brief,” he said, adding that Suhakam would ensure that the community’s rights were safeguarded and upheld.
Rachel Ho, a resident who lives in Section 19, said she was concerned about the impact of the project in old residential areas like sections 11, 14 and 17.
“Although Kidex has indicated that noise barriers will be installed, senior citizens would definitely be affected by it, not forgetting the significant drop in property prices in the area,” said the 58-year-old.
Ehsan Ria Condominium management council chairman L. Anan said the public transportation system should be improved.
“This would not cost as much as building a highway,” he said.
Among the areas that may be affected by Kidex are Tropicana Mall, SS2 Mall, Rothman’s traffic lights, Section 14, Amcorp Mall, Hilton Petaling Jaya, Tun Hussein Onn Eye Hospital, Jalan Templer roundabout, Taman Dato’ Harun, Taman Medan Baru and Bandar Kinrara.