Make crossing in front of KL hospital safer for pedestrians


I WISH to raise an issue of serious concern to pedestrians who cross the road at Jalan Pahang in front of Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL).Jalan Pahang is a very busy road and the pelican crossing is crucial for the public, especially those on the way to the hospital or walking back.

Pedestrians who cross the road daily, especially the elderly and infirm, are constantly dicing with danger because the green traffic light lasts for only 23 seconds.

This is barely enough time for even a healthy person to cross the road, let alone the aged or those with difficulty walking.

To avoid being hit by impatient motorcyclists, the elderly and the weak have to limp, hobble or dash.

Some of these motorcyclists and drivers even beat the traffic light with scant regard for the safety of the man in the street.

I have received complaints from pedestrians about the risk they face when crossing this road.

Recently, I was at the pelican crossing following a medical appointment at HKL, to observe the situation and capture photos of motorcyclists ignoring traffic signals while riding through carelessly and threatening the safety of pedestrians.

I call upon DBKL to take serious note of this safety issue and to take immediate remedial action.Please don’t wait until a tragedy occurs. It will be too late to lament afterwards.

While on this subject, I urge law enforcers to also book motorcyclists who beat the traffic lights at almost all other junctions in Kuala Lumpur, day and night.

It is a common sight to see motorcyclists showing scant regard for the safety of other road users — motorists and pedestrians alike — as they weave in and out of traffic, causing a danger to themselves and others.

This is a mounting problem that I am sure the authorities are aware of but little action is taken.TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE

Chairman

Alliance for Safe Community

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