Seeking new solutions to old problems

Roadcare staff helping the drivers during the flash flood at Subang exit near Federal Highway during the heavy downpour hit Klang Valley in December.

Potholes, floods and dengue are a few persistent problems Subang Jaya and Shah Alam folk want addressed in 2016

SUBANG Jaya and Shah Alam community leaders hope for new solutions to old problems and to see improvements within the structure of the local authorities.

In USJ 6, dengue and flash floods are still a large concern.

USJ 6 Rukun Tetangga deputy chairman Lee Yap Juan hoped permanent solutions would be crafted this year.

“The flood in USJ 6/6 and USJ 6/7 was very serious and we need proper prevention measures to be built from now, instead of waiting for the rainy season to do damage control.

“I hope Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) will take the matter seriously this year by improving the drainage here.

“The dengue situation is another thing that needs attention.

2 Illegal speed breakers contribute to Subang Jaya’s issues with potholes.
Illegal speed breakers contribute to Subang Jaya’s issues with potholes

“Fogging is just not working, they have to come up with more effective methods to curb the problem,” he said.

Similarly, USJ 4/4 Tudor Resident Association assistant secretary Geetha Unnie said weekly collection of bulk refuse, along with clearing of the drainage, needs to be done by MPSJ more efficiently instead of waiting on complaints by residents.

Focusing on her vicinity, she hoped for better road management across all levels.

“Parking and traffic within Taipan is still causing bad jams during peak hours due to inadequate parking arrangements.

“The MPSJ team needs to scour all roads weekly to identify and repair potholes and cracks,” she said.

Geetha added that the additional infrastructure the community would like to see in 2016 included more lights at public parks and more buses along the Jalan Tujuan route.

In Puchong, Bandar Puteri Puchong 11 Residents Associations chairman Alice Choo said improvements needed were similar to those in USJ.

“There are too many potholes in the commercial areas of Bandar Puteri 1, 2 and 11 and the flash floods on the Damansara Puchong Expressway (LDP) at the Puchong Jaya area is still bad because of poor drainage.

“Those things need to be resolved first especially with new townships coming up.

“With the new LRT stations, I hope more secure parking lots will be made to accommodate users.

“If parking is inadequate, the LRT is not going to be helpful in resolving traffic congestion,” she added.

3 Broken sidewalks and potholed roads make it dangerous for pedestrians in Puchong.
Broken sidewalks and potholed roads make it dangerous for pedestrians in Puchong.

Alice also hoped the new year would bring a community hall in Bandar Puteri, Puchong.

“We had requested for a proper community hall for us to gather and hold our activities.

“It has been a couple of years now, but I hope MPSJ will look into it this year,” she said.

While many can make wishes as to what authorities should provide and improve, some resident leaders believe that not much will change unless the attitude of authorities changed first.

In Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam, residents are still keeping their hopes high for the promised flyover to ease traffic congestion at Persiaran Anggerik Mokara.

Kemuning Utama Residents Association founder and non-governmental organisation Prihatin Selangor chairman Allan Ang Ah Kiong said the flyover, which extends from Persiaran Mokara into Persiaran Anggerik Malaxis, was initially part of the Kota Kemuning master plan but was not included in the draft plan.

It is still a matter that the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) needs to discuss with residents.

“MBSA needs to look at it as an opportunity for improvement and not an attack.

“Across the board, MBSA has done a good job in handling all other matters from garbage collection to drainage problems.

“But I hope this year, they will include people who are more proactive and sensitive to community issues in their workforce in order to resolve matters like the flyover,” he said.

As for Subang Jaya SS15/2 Rukun Tetangga secretary Michael Sundram, better enforcement from the local council is what he hoped to see throughout this year.

“There needs to be stricter enforcement of cleanliness in the commercial area of SS15.

“Especially the back alley of shop lots which are extremely filthy and the restaurant operators are making it worse by dumping food waste into the drains.

“MPSJ officers just warn the operators to clean up when they should issue them with summonses.

Gotong-royong by residents is not enough to curb the problem of dirty drain and rats,” he said.

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