BUS passengers are forced to stand in the scorching heat along Jalan Tengku Kelana in Klang because the former bus station in Jalan Tali Air, which sat on private land, has been fenced up.
Commuters have been sweating it out in the searing hot afternoons over the last two weeks due to the heatwave caused by the El Nino phenomenon.
Consumer Association of Klang president A. Devadass said the association and commuters had lodged complaints with Klang Municipal Council (MPK) that the bus station had been fenced up and people have to wait along the main road of Jalan Tengku Kelana.
“Office workers, shoppers, homemakers and children are forced to stand in the heat on the dusty roadside. Most people are drenched in sweat and senior citizens are feeling faint while waiting for the bus.
“As an immediate measure, the council should put up a tent soon at the junction of Jalan Tengku Kelana 2 and Jalan Tengku Kelana where commuters wait. A bus shelter must be built as soon as possible,” he said. The area was fenced up as the land was used for a boutique hotel.
Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Klang Chapter) secretary Devan K.K. Raman said a proper bus station in Jalan Tengku Kelana was important as the street was the main thoroughfare of Klang’s Little India, a shopping hub for tourists and locals.
“Our business chamber has made several phone calls to MPK on this matter but there is no sign of any work on a bus shelter.
“We want domestic and foreign tourists to have a memorable experience when using public transport in Klang but now without proper public amenities, it becomes unforgettable for all the wrong reasons,” said Devan.
Commuter Chan Pau Fei, 19, who takes the bus from Jalan Tengku Kelana to AEON Bukit Tinggi, said a bus shelter was urgently needed for commuters.
“MPK must build a bus shelter in Jalan Tengku Kelana as people are left standing in the heat,” she said.
Nuraini Saukur, 46, said the councillor for the area must ensure public amenities were in order and not wait for people to complain before taking action.
Another bus passenger, Rani Radha Krishnan urged MPK to build a proper sheltered bus-stop quickly.
MPK president Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin said he had walked past Jalan Tengku Kelana and “noticed the discomfort of the commuters.
“I am thinking building an air-conditioned bus shelter with tinted glass panels and an automatic sliding door.
“We have to determine the design.
“An air-conditioned bus shelter will be the first step to convince car owners to leave their vehicles at home and use the public transport,” he said.