COMMUTERS and traders in Klang have expressed their dissatisfaction over the proposed relocation of the historic railway station from the centre of the town in South Klang to an isolated spot.
They said that the proposed new station near the Klang Municipal Council (MPS) headquarters would cause a lot of inconvenience.
They also felt the new railway station would pose safety and security problems to commuters as it was located at a quiet area and far away from the town centre.
Traders operating near the existing railway station at Jalan Besar were also concerned over the potential closure of the 125-year-old colonial building as they feel it would drive away businesses from the area.
They said the station has contributed to the survival of many of the businesses especially the numerous food outlets especially along Jalan Besar and Jalan Stesen.
College student Christine Mei, 20, said the existing station was located at a strategic location with a lot of people moving around both day and night.
She said the existing station was accessible to commuters and it was convenient for them to take a bus or taxi.
“I think it is not a good idea to close this station and create a new stop outside the town,’’ she said.
Office executive Mohd Yusoff Ali, 38, who commutes to his workplace in Kuala Lumpur with the Komuter said the station should be retained.
The existing spot, he said, was suitable as it was also located near the South Klang police station, post office and court complex.
“The area serves as a one-stop centre for the commuters since it is surrounded by government offices, business outlets, and financial institutions.
“These outlets are located only within a walking-distance from the station so it is convenient for the public’’ he said, adding that it would be unwise to close the existing station to make way for one that would be located away from the town centre.
Dutch tourist Lissete Breedveld who took the Komuter to get to Little India said the existing location of the station was very strategic.
“My boyfriend and I were able to move around by foot as the places of interest were within walking distance.
“We visited the Royal museum, the tin museum, a church, temple and mosque and also did some shopping at Little India,” she said.
Sharon Tan, who operates a bookshop in Jalan Stesen, said her family had been doing business in the area for 40 years.
“Our business will surely be affected if the railway station is closed as most of my customers are made up of commuters.”
Chong Kok Kopitiam’s properiotor May Foo said the station contributed a great deal to her family business.
“Commuters would start flocking the shop to catch a cup of coffee or pack their breakfast before they catch the train to office in the morning,” she said, adding that her shop had been operating there for more than 50 years.
Bismillah Restaurant proprietor Mohamad Basheer Ali said the premises which was located opposite the railway station had been operating since 1956.
Like the railway station, Basheer said, the restaurant was also part of the landmark of the area due to its long existence.
“When you mention to people about the Klang railway station then Bismillah will be the next thing that will come to one’s mind,’’ he said, adding that a large majority of his customers were made up of commuters.