KOTA Kemuning residents have started a petition to reopen the right turn into Shah Alam Expressway (Kesas) heading to Klang from Persiaran Kewajipan in Subang Jaya, Selangor.
The closure of the right turn by Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) has left residents from Shah Alam, Sentosa, Klang and Kota Kemuning stuck in congestion along the Kesas for a good hour during peak hours.
Prompted by the lack of response to their complaints, the Kota Kemuning Residents Association set up a booth to sign the petition at a recent Chinese New Year Open House near the Kota Kemuning Lake.They managed to obtain almost 400 signatures at the event and are considering extending the petition to get more signatures.
KKRA secretary Vivien Khoo said residents wrote to MPSJ on Oct 23 but did not receive a response from the council.
They also suggested that the
traffic lights near Summit and Kesas be removed, and the road heading towards Subang Jaya from USJ be closed.
She said it was unfair for Kesas road users to make the U-turn near the toll to get home at the expense of Subang Jaya folk.
“The traffic on Kesas will only increase as more neighbourhoods open along the Selangor south corridor,” she said.
Resident Edward Kwok admitted that the U-turn frees the USJ-Summit congestion. However, motorists put themselves in harm’s way to get to the Kesas U-turn.
“Motorists heading towards the Sunway toll tend to speed on the right lane and the U-turn is also located on the same lane.
“I feel nervous every time I use that route to get home because motorists drive fast when approaching the toll lane,” he added.
Meanwhile, Kota Kemuning assemblyman V. Ganabatirau, whose office organised the Chinese New Year event, said the feelings of all parties involved should be considered.
He said the closure was the result of a 10-year struggle for the Subang Jaya residents, affected by the congestion along Persiaran Kewajipan.
Their appeal for better road management was assisted by former Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh.
However, he did add that disregarding the rest of the communities in Klang, Shah Alam, Subang and Kota Kemuning, would not help the situation either.
“We need to find a win-win solution for everyone. I have had meetings with current Subang Jaya assemblyman Michelle Ng as well as MPSJ, and I think we need to meet again to make this work,” he added.
Ganabatirau has also asked the residents of Kota Kemuning to discuss suitable possible solutions to the problem.
He said most of them took to social media to express their anger and rarely met him to conduct a proper discourse.
“I would like to work with the people. I hope they can meet me so that we can set up a team to find a solution to this issue together. They can even accompany me to meet the officers,” he added.