KAMPUNG Sungai Penchala may be a stone's throw from Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Bandar Utama, Damansara Perdana, Sri Hartamas and Desa Sri Hartamas yet residents there face problems with public transportation.
Sandwiched in between these urban residential areas, the village is still lacking various facilities and services.
Residents have to use their own vehicles or car pool just to get out of the village. They claim that they have been having the problem for the past eight years.
We had some bus companies serving this area but they called it quits because they said it did not bring much profit, resident Alias Nazir said.
He added that the lack of public transportation had become a hassle to most residents, especially those who did not have their own vehicles.
He said the public bus stopped plying the village about two years ago.
We have people working in Bandar Utama and TTDI, which is not very far from here, but then they have problems getting there because there is no public transport.
Some even had to move out because of the problem, he said.
Alias said they had lodged complaints with the various authorities and with several bus companies that had provided the services.
They said it was not profitable as not enough people were using the service.
If their services were reliable and regular, then I dont I think that they would have problems getting passengers, he said.
Mohd Azri Abd Rahman said the situation had also created problems for school-going children.
He said since transportation was a problem, some of them were riding motorcycles around the village and even to school eventhough they did not have licences.
Most of them do so because they do not have a choice, he said.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said the bus companies should not only look into making money, but should think about providing services to the public.
They can not think about money and profits only.
These people need the bus service and the companies should provide the service.
If necessary, the government should subsidise the bus service for the benefit of the rsidents in the area, he said.
He added that such a facility was necessary especially in areas with a high number of those from the lower- income groups.
Lim told the residents he would bring the matter up with the authorities.