Local councils to plan public transportation

The Petaling Jaya City Council’s free bus service has a daily ridership of approximately 10,800. —filepic

ELAN PERUMAL and OH ING YEEN at the Selangor State Assembly

LOCAL authorities in Selangor have been urged to come up with their own master plan for public transportation in order to cater to the future needs of the community.

State Local Government committee chairman Datuk Teng Chang Khim told the state assembly that it was the responsibility of each local authority to come up with the plan to cope with the increasing traffic problems.

“The state has done its part and it is the responsibility of the local authorities to come up with their own master plan based on the needs,” he said.

Teng said this in reply to Gan Pei Nei (PKR-Rawang), who asked if the state had plans to have a draft master plan for the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) in the near future.

Gan said as the state’s draft public transportation master plan included an LRT halt in Rawang, the state should also hold talks with MPS on an internal master plan.

Datuk Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan (BN-Batang Kali) had submitted a written question on the status of the draft master plan and Teng replied that it had been completed in January and discussions with various quarters including MPs, assemblymen, local councillors, NGO members and government officials had been organised.

“So far, we have conducted four dialogues in Klang, Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya and Ampang Jaya spearheaded by the respective local authorities.

“The dialogues aim to engage the people in discussions and create awareness on the need for a master plan for the public transportation network which will link up with the rail network in the Klang Valley,” he said.

Teng added that the master plan was drafted following consultation with the various state and federal government agencies including the Public Works Department and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

According to him, the draft master plan was in line with SPAD’s aim of making public transportation the main mode of transport for the people.

“We are looking at increasing the dependency on public transportation to 60%, with only 40% relying on private vehicles.

“The master plan, which offers 12 solutions to connect most part of Selangor to the railway, LRT, MRT and BRT lines in the Klang Valley, aims to cater to present and future needs,” he said.

Meanwhile, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali came to the defence of State Women and Family Affairs Committee chairman Dr Daroyah Alwi, who faced some challenges in fielding questions from her fellow female councillors on the subject of the HEFORSHE programme launched by the state.

Azmin said the campaign had been launched with the aim of getting men to also champion the rights of women.

Although the state was led by a man, he said, the leadership recognised the role of women in society.

He added that the objective of the campaign was to create awareness that women had an equal role to play in every segment of society.

Azmin stood up twice and laughed in jest when Rodziah Ismail (PKR-Batu Tiga) repeatedly quizzed Daroyah on the objectives of the campaign, which was a global programme under the United Nations.

In her initial reply to Rodziah, Daroyah said the state had allocated RM50,000 to organise three events to promote the programme.

She also said that some 300 male officers from the state and local authorities attended the launch of the campaign.

“Through the programme, we hope to create awareness among male officers on gender equality,” she said.

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