Say No to Dash group will lawyer up

Damansara Perdana resident group Say No To Dash (SNTD) will hire a lawyer to prepare the paperwork in case attempts to prevent the proposed Damansara-Shah Alam Highway from cutting through the neighbourhood goes to court.

This was revealed during a briefing to residents and representatives of local properties joint-management bodies at Emerald Perdana.

“It is not advisable for SNTD to just liaise with the Government or Prolintas. We need to go into litigation mode if need be,” said SNTD committee member Mak Khuin Weng during the briefing.

SNTD spokesman Michelle Wong said a recent meeting between Prolintas and SNTD had been fruitless, as the concessionaire indicated that the alignment through Damansara Perdana would not be altered.

Although the residents group had written to Prolintas before the meeting that the event did not constitute an official public briefing or engagement, the group then received a letter from the concessionaire this week stating otherwise.

Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong, who is also the state executive councillor for Environment, Petaling Jaya City (MBPJ) councillors Suriase Gengiah and Peter Chong were also present at the briefing and took questions from residents and SNTD.

When questioned on her role in approving the required Environmental Impact Assessment reports for such projects, Wong explained that the report approval was tabled at the state Environment Department’s (DOE) technical meetings where she had no role.

She added that DOE was a federal agency which she had no control over.

Chong also clarified that Dash had been removed from the Petaling Jaya Local Plan 2 blueprint in the last city council full board meeting, and will be confirmed at this month’s meeting.

The two councilllors and assemblyman were also invited to, and signed a petition reiterating Damansara Perdana residents’ objection against the proposed highway alignment.

DASH was conceived as a 20.1km elevated expressway routing from Puncak Perdana in Shah Alam, through Alam Suria, Denai Alam, Rubber Research Institute Malaysia, and Kota Damansara, with the final phase going through Mutiara Damansara and Damansara Perdana.

It was to serve as an alternative East-West link to the Federal Highway.

However, Damansara Perdana residents objected, pointing out that the final stretch runs right through the heavily-built up township, and also uses up the only road linking Damansara Perdana to the main LDP expressway.

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