Parents want speed limit near school reduced

Parents and pupils dice with danger each day to get across Jalan Puchong near SJK(T) Kinrara.

Parents and pupils dice with danger each day to get across Jalan Puchong near SJK(T) Kinrara.

SJK(T) Ladang Kinrara Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) want the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) to bring down the speed limit to 30kph to prevent cars from speeding outside the school.

The school is located along Jalan Puchong, a busy road and this poses a danger to parents and pupils crossing to get to the other side.

PTA chairman M. Murugan said a majority of parents were worried for their children’s safety especially those who walk to school from nearby residential areas.

“The PTA made a verbal request to MPSJ to reduce the speed limit outside the school in January last year but little has been done.

“Only a signboard indicating that children are crossing was put up but this is not enough,” he said.

Puchong MCA Kinrara Service Centre deputy chairman Lawrence Chiew urged the council to implement immediate road safety measures outside the school.

“We agree with the school for the speed limit to be reduced to 30kph.

“We also want MPSJ to have rumble strips, for a few hundred metres on both sides of Jalan Puchong and provide push button signalised lights for crossing,” he said at a press conference.

Chiew added that it would be much safer for all pedestrians if the speed limit was reduced.

“We also want MPSJ to look into preventing heavy vehicles like trailers and trucks from using Jalan Puchong during rush hour which is from 7am to 9am and noon to 1pm,” he added.

SJK(T) Ladang Kinrara headmaster Rajakumaran Periapa said the safety of its 621 pupils while using the main arterial road was crucial.

“We want MPSJ to treat this matter of road safety with urgency,” he added.

SJK(T) Ladang Kinrara comprises a primary school and a kindergarten and has 38 teachers.

A few parents when asked about the issue of road safety said they were concerned for the children’s safety but were forced to allow their children to walk home as they were working parents.