MBPJ to meet authorities over Kidex next week

TO CLARIFY matters on the controversial Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) once and for all, Petaling Jaya mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad has called for the relevant authorities to meet and discuss.

The meeting has been set for June 6 at Petaling Jaya City Council headquarters.

Affected residents and the media are not invited for the closed-door meeting.

Those invited are Kidex Sdn Bhd, Malaysian Highway Authority, Works Ministry, Town and Country Planning Department, MPs, assemblymen and the Petaling Jaya City councillors.

“I will invite all these relevant authorities to brief us on Kidex.

“I hope all councillors will take this opportunity to clarify their doubts.

“This meeting is for the council to have a better understanding of Kidex,” said Alinah during yesterday’s fullboard meeting.

She admitted that she also did not have a clear understanding of the project.

Alinah wanted the meeting to be a platform for councillors and elected representatives to seek clarification from the authorities, including the ministry.

As Kidex was a Federal Government project, she said the issue must be discussed with the relevant departments from the Federal Government.

During the fullboard meeting, MBPJ councillor Jeyaseelan Anthony said he would question about the alignment of Kidex and urged his fellow councillors to prepare follow-up questions for the June 6 meeting.

Alinah then ordered council officers to provide the councillors documents that were not classified.

She, however, added that the alignment was already set, but the council could provide its input to improve on it, if necessary.

The mayor also said the council would monitor the project once it began.

On the “townhall” meeting between Kidex, the authorities and affected residents that turned chaotic two weeks ago, Alinah said: “The word ‘townhall meeting’ is not binding and the meeting that took place between the residents and Kidex was just an informal meeting.”

After the board meeting, the council launched its Petaling Jaya International Fair 2014 Folklore Festival at Taman Rusa located within the council premises.

The event that will take place from June 17 to 22, is expected to attract about 30,000 local and foreign visitors.

Among the 14 countries that will participate in the festival are Japan and Egypt.

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