A GROUP of residents in Taman Pekaka in Sungai Dua, Penang, is frustrated over the one-way traffic arrangement affecting several roads in the housing estate.
S. Boobalan, 63, who has lived there for 25 years, said the three-month trial period affecting Lintang Pekaka 1, Lintang Pekaka 7 and Lintang Pekaka 8 started on Dec 23 and would end on March 23.
He said congestion caused by roadside parking had worsened after the implementation.
“Many apartment residents park in Lintang Pekaka 1. Before this, when traffic was two-way, they parked on one side of the road.
“Now that traffic flow is one-way, they park on both sides of the road,” said the former Penang Municipal Council worker during a peaceful protest by residents at the playground in Lintang Pekaka 1/Lintang Pekaka 8.
The group also hung a banner under a road sign. It was addressed to Batu Uban assemblyman Dr T. Jayabalan with the message that the residents opposed the one-way system in the estate.
Yeoh Eng Wan, 60, who has been living in the area for 25 years, claimed the residents had tried to approach Dr Jayabalan many times to voice their objections but were unsuccessful.
Yeoh, a council worker, said motorcyclists had been speeding through the affected roads since they became one-way.
He also said it was inconvenient for some residents who had to make a big turn because of the one-way roads, and traffic along Lintang Pekaka 8 would build up in the mornings.
He added that residents had sent a signed petition to the council and Dr Jayabalan’s office.
Meanwhile, a qaryah member of Masjid Al-Jami’ Al-Soghir in Lintang Pekaka 1, Abdul Aziz Omar Khan, 60, said the mosque committee also objected to the one-way traffic flow.
“Residents have to go one big round to come for prayers, and the junction of Lintang Pekaka 1 and Lintang Pekaka 8 is accident-prone due to the high traffic flow,” he said.
When contacted, Dr Jayabalan said the council and related authorities had held two dialogues with residents while another dialogue with the mosque committee would take place next week.
“Most of the nearby residents supported the move as it was meant to ease congestion in the area.
“We don’t mean to make life more difficult for them,” he said.