Inclusive planning a must

Short-term traffic management solutions like better signage, traffic lights optimisation and additional pedestrian crossings is needed during the project’s construction. — Filepic

We write representing concerned residents of Petaling Jaya.

This is regarding the major development project on the former Dutch Lady factory land that was recently sold as per a news report.

Firstly, we appreciate and commend Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) for its dedication towards sustainable urban planning and development.

Also for significant award wins in the past year.

This development has sparked significant interest and apprehension among the local community.

We believe it is crucial to address both short- and long-term solutions for residents’ betterment.

We understand that in a year from now, there will be subsequent phased development of the large plot of land in the vicinity.

The importance of economic growth and progress needs to be done, for collection of quit rent and taxes, which is justifiable.

Secondly, as long-time neighbouring residents, we request MBPJ publicly ensure development progress will be balanced for the well-being and quality of life for surrounding residents (nearby Sections 14, 17, 19, 20).

We propose some practical ideas:


Traffic management

The next seven years will look like a war zone with increased construction and population, leading to traffic congestion on Jalan Prof Khoo Kay Kim (Jalan Semangat).

Practical implementation of short-term traffic management solutions like better signage, traffic lights optimisation, and additional pedestrian crossings will help mitigate issues during construction phase.

Community engagement

Please educate, communicate and work closely with residents associations so businesses and local residents are kept informed and engaged throughout the development process.

Holding regular community meetings and periodic updates on project’s progress, road closure, road repairs will reduce concerns and gain involvement among residents.

Environmental Impact Assessment

We believe a proper EIA was done earlier. Let the community know of remedial measures taken to improve and mitigate noise, air and water pollution, during and post-development of the said land and surrounding vicinity to Masjid Bulat (opposite the development).


Green spaces, parks

We cannot deny that sustainable development goals (SDG) are necessary. As development progresses, it is crucial to allocate spaces for parks and green areas as they enhance residents’ quality of life and improve Petaling Jaya’s green initiative surrounding it.

Are there enough green enclaves in the area? There is a river passing through this Dutch Lady area. We hope it will be beautified.

Infrastructure development

Between the developers and local councils, the assemblymen and city councillors may need to assess and prioritise adequate infrastructure such as repurposing old schools, improving Universiti Malaya Medical Centre healthcare facilities and scaling up public transportation, which can be integrated and planned to accommodate the growing population.

Factor in sustainability

MBPJ ought to incorporate sustainable and eco-friendly practices into construction and design of the new development.

Come up with and include green building certifications, energy-efficient systems, and waste reduction programmes.

The Jalan Semangat stretch is very important as a main artery and for the access routes it offers.

Heritage preservation

We urge MBPJ to work with the developer in ensuring there is some preservation and integration into the new development of relevant historical or cultural elements of Petaling Jaya as a former satellite city and even on the Dutch Lady factory site.

Finally, through these short- and long-term solutions, MBPJ has to ensure that the project is not just a working model of sustainable and inclusive urban planning.

Get the best consultants to build our city collectively.

The Petaling Jaya mayor’s leadership and input from councillors, with collaboration between MBPJ, resident associations, NGOs and the developer will play a pivotal role in achieving this goal.

Michael Kum

Residents Association Section 20 Secretary

Petaling Jaya

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