THE ISSUE of the slip road to Kuala Lumpur from Sunway near the Motorola flyover was brought up for the third time at the recent Petaling Jaya Municipal Council full board meeting.
The turn-off had been closed since April and the council has asked road concessionaire Litrak to re-open it following complaints from residents who have to head towards Subang Jaya before turning back towards Kuala Lumpur.
Litrak had received permission to close the turn-off after making a request to the Malaysian Highway Authority.
The council’s legal department representative said the department had received a reply from Litrak stating that the road was under Litrak's jurisdiction.
Councillor Capt (R) Datuk Zahar Hashim said he had gone through the Town Planning Act 1976 and found a section that states that any road to be closed within a municipality required at least a month’s notice.
“During that month, residents are allowed to protest the closure and demand compensation,” said Zahar.
Zahar added that the bylaw should also apply to the road closure by Litrak even if the road was not under the council’s jurisdiction, as it was still within council territory.
Temporary return to coupon systemMPPJ president Datuk Ahmad Termizi Puteh asked if the council had used the law before and ordered the council’s legal department to check on the applicability of the law within the week as the issue had been dragging on for too long.
“This is a serious and urgent matter and we do not want people to say that we are not prihatin (caring),” said Termizi.
During the meeting, Kampung Tunku assemblyman Datuk Wong Sai Hou suggested that restaurants fined for not installing grease traps should be directed to grease trap dealers.
Wong said many restaurateurs did not know where to get the grease traps, leading to repeated fines.
Termizi directed the MPPJ health department to ensure that restaurants are given the numbers of the companies that MPPJ recommended when the ruling was announced in December last year and again when the law was implemented in April.
On an unrelated issue, councillor Cho Yen Seng complained about Astro vendors sticking advertisements throughout the township advertising their services.
“The signs are everywhere and on everything. The council should be able to do something about it,” said Cho.
The licensing department representative said the person whose number appeared on the bills could be fined for the offence.
Termizi added that an advisory letter would be sent to Astro to instruct vendors to be more careful when placing advertisements and said the vendors should take steps to remove the illegal signs themselves before they are caught and fined.
MPPJ returned to the previous scratch and display coupon system in several areas for parking from June.
The system is temporary until the new Pay and Display system is implemented.
The areas using the coupon system are Section 51A, SS25, SS26, Jalan Tandang, Bandar Sri Damansara and Petaling Utama.
Since July 1, parking fees are no longer collected on the second and forth Saturday of the month following the council’s implementation of the five-day week.
The ruling applies only to the on-street parking.
The council also announced that it would finally be removing all illegal banners within its jursidiction.
At the meeting, councillors were told that a total of 35 banners, 58 billboards, 158 posters and 23 pillar posters were taken down in July.
Skateboard competitionThere will be a skateboarding competition on Sept 10 at Pusat Rakan Muda Arena MPPJ from 10.30am to 6pm. The programme is in cooperation with Kompilasi 3X magazine and Wild Channel.