PJ UTARA MCA Youth chief Andy Lee Vee Meng has accused Pakatan Rakyat state assemblymen and MPs of misleading the public over the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) issue.
According to him, the Pakatan-led Selangor state executive council had approved the construction of Kidex on Feb 23, 2012, and had published a gazette under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act 1960 on July 18, 2013, freezing trading of 3,784 land lots within 100m of the expressway’s proposed corridor.
Lee said the DAP assemblymen should stop laying the blame on Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as he alone could not legally approve the project.
He added that DAP’s Teresa Kok and Ronnie Liu were sitting on the state executive council at the time of the approval.
“Currently, Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah and Sungai Pinang assemblyman Teng Chang Kim sit on the executive council.
“Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran and Damansara Utama assemblyman Yeo Bee Yin are part of the Selangor DAP committee with them, so there is a big question mark on their claim that they were unaware of Kidex,” Lee said, adding that the affected residents had not been consulted before Kidex was approved.
He explained that since the project involved state land and the Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) local plan, the state executive council, which is the highest decision-making body in Selangor, was responsible for taking into account the resident’s views, which it had failed to do.
Lee said the Federal Government had only signed the concession agreement for Kidex in November 2013 after the approval from the state government had been given in 2012 and the gazette published in July 2013.
“We have been kept in the dark by assemblymen and MPs who are not Petaling Jaya residents. They should, at least, appreciate the fact that we live in Petaling Jaya and have a natural right to participate in shaping the future of the city,” Lee said.
He added that the PJ Utara MCA urged the state executive council members to take full responsibility for Kidex and reiterated that it was their duty to withdraw the approval given to Kidex as soon as possible.
Lee said the division further called on MBPJ to object to Kidex and not include it in its local plan.
“It is clear that Kidex will damage sustainable development and the liveable city status of densely populated Petaling Jaya.
“Therefore, regardless of the Environmental and Traffic Impact Assessment results and regardless of the terms and conditions of the concession agreement, Kidex should be rejected outright,” Lee said.