WELDER Mat Kassim Ibrahim moved from Ipoh to Klang five months ago.
Being a new resident of Taman Seri Teluk Menegun, he could not help but notice that most of the street name signs had faded, or were missing or broken.
“I am new to the neighbourhood so it is difficult to move around without proper signs, ” he said.
The 58-year-old added that the street name signs throughout the district were in a similar state.
Telok Menegun Village Community Management Council head Hassan Musa, 68, said he had received numerous complaints on the matter from people living along Jalan Kota Raja.
“Despite GPS apps that provide directions, many people, especially senior citizens, depend on street name signs to get around, ” he added.
Hassan said he had brought up the issue with Klang Municipal Council’s (MPK) Engineering Department’s road unit and the Klang District Land Office but to no avail.
Hawker Faris Iman Jefri, 20, who sells banana fritters, said the sign at the entrance to Taman Seri Teluk Menegun needed to be replaced as it was broken.
Taman Setia Residents Association (Tasra) secretary K. Jayandra agreed that the neighbourhood needed new signs as most had faded, were broken or missing.
“We need an immediate replacement of 11 street name signs that are missing.
“The names on others have faded and must be replaced soon.
“Our association had on June 20 written to MPK and ZoneN47-B councillor R. Denesh Raja but the problem has still not been rectified, ” he said.
Taman Chi Liung Rukun Tetangga president Barrie Ganesan said the street name signs were in such poor conditions that it was difficult to make out the words or numbers within a reasonable distance.
“Even stop signs and one-way signs that are worn out must be replaced for the safety of all road users.
“Other than inside Taman Chi Liung, the signs along the main roads of Persiaran Seraya and Lebuh Turi need to be replaced, ” he said.
MPK Corporate Communications Department director Norfiza Mahfiz said they had received complaints on the matter from residents in Bandar Botanic, Taman Melawis, Jalan Mengkuang, Taman Setia, Taman Chi Liung, Taman Sentosa, Taman Sri Andalas, Taman Seri Teluk Menegun and Bukit Kapar.
“In 2018 there were 79 such complaints; 57 last year and only seven up to Sept 3 this year, ” she said.
MPK Engineering Department director Zamri Othman said they would replace the damaged signs in phases.
“We are looking at replacing some 15,000 street name signs and 13,000 traffic signs.
“One street sign, including material, labour and pole, costs an estimated RM410 each.
“Our current budget for this purpose is RM700,000.
“Work will begin in a month’s time and if there is a need, we will use Malaysian Road Records Information System funds, ” he added.
To reach MPK’s Complaints Unit, call 1800-88-23826 or 03-3375 5555 ext 1020/ 1252, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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