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Tuesday September 16, 2008

Subang Jaya residents give views on LRT

SUBANG Jaya residents had to make do with whatever little information they had received over the proposed LRT extension to their township when airing their views last Sunday.

They had gathered at the basketball court in SS14 Subang Jaya for a public briefing organised and called upon by the SS14 residents.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh was invited to brief the residents.

She was earlier briefed by Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana), which is the asset owners of the Kelana Jaya rail line and also the Ampang line.

Also present were officers from the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) and councillor and JKP Zone 1 chairman Theresa Ratnam Thong.

Taking their turn: Gomez (front) airing his views on the LRT as others wait to do the same.

Yeoh told the group that she had only little information on the LRT issue from Prasarana but shared what she had.

Prasarana, despite being invited to the gathering, did not turn up.

Thong also asked the residents to confine their questions or input on just the LRT. The residents had a diverse range of questions and feedback.

Earlier, the SS14 residents had also come up with four proposed routes for the LRT to run on.

Bandar Sunway resident Joe Gomez said the Federal Government had always come up with the excuse of not having money whenever the people proposed alternatives.

“What I want to know is if other than the LRT, have all other possible alternatives for public transportation being studied?” he asked.

Some residents said they were not keen on the idea for the LRT. They said the LRT would only create noise and dust pollution and that the underground Mass Railway Transit (MRT) would have been better.

“By extending the Kelana Jaya line to Subang Jaya, will bring in more passengers into our township. This can be a potential risk for crime and our safety,” said one resident.

“It’s pointless having the LRT if feeder bus services are not improved. Are we expecting people to drive to the stations when parking space in Subang Jaya is already a problem?” asked another.

An irked SS14 resident objected to having the LRT, especially if it was to pass through residential areas.

Many also questioned Prasarana’s absence at the briefing, citing that they should be around to listen to people’s concerns as part of a consultative process and not when the public hearing is called for.

Yeoh later assured residents that she had taken note of their input and would convey them to Prasarana.

“I’ve also told MPSJ that I’m planning for a meeting next week with Prasarana, RapidKL and the council to convey today’s input.

“I want to have a consultative session with all groups as the four proposed routes made may not be comprehensive and I believe those present today are not a true representation of everyone.

She said under the Railways Act 1991 (Act 463), Prasarana must give notice of its plans in at least three successive issues of at least two national papers, one of which must be in the national language.

This is to ensure that any person having any objections to the plan to send in a statement of objections in writing to the director-general of the Railway Department within three months from the date of the last notice in the newspapers.

“I definitely agree with residents that we need good feeder bus services if the LRT comes in.

“For this, we need the experts to come and tell us.

“At the same time, I don’t know how many people here will use the public transport.

“But whatever it is, the LRT should not be built without consultation because it can be disastrous,” she said.

The residents also later signed a petition attached with a memorandum to Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat on their reservations over several issues of the LRT.

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